Center for Computational Molecular Biology


The Center for Computational Molecular Biology (CCMB) offers Ph.D. degrees in Computational Biology to train the next generation of scientists to perform cutting-edge research in the multidisciplinary field of Computational Biology.

During the course of their Ph.D. studies students will develop and apply novel computational, mathematical , and statistical techniques to problems in the life sciences. Students in this program must achieve mastery in three areas - computational science, molecular biology, and probability and statistical inference - through a common core of studies that spans and integrates these areas.

Ph.D. program

The Ph.D. program in Computational Biology draws on course offerings from the disciplines of the Center’s Core faculty members. These areas are:

  • Applied Mathematics (APMA)
  • Computer Science (CS)
  • Division of Biology and Medicine (BioMed)
  • Brown Center for Biomedical Informatics (BCBI)
  • School of Public Health/Biostats (SPH)

Our faculty and Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) work with each student to develop the best plan of coursework and research rotations to meet the student’s goals in their research focus and satisfy the University’s requirements for graduation.

Applicants should state a preference for at least one of these areas in their personal statement or elsewhere in their application.

Ph.D. Program Overview & Handbook

Ph.D. Thesis Committee Feedback Form

Ph.D. Qualifying Exam Feedback Form

Applied Mathematics Ph.D. program

Prospective students interested in both Applied Mathematics and Computational Biology should be aware that these are two separate programs of study with independent application processes. Our program allows students to work with faculty within the Division of Applied Mathematics, however we only grant degrees in Computational Biology. If you are interested in a degree from the Division of Applied Mathematics, we encourage you to apply to their program directly using the links below.

 Applied Mathematics Ph.D. program

How to Apply


Our PhD program assumes the following prerequisites:

  • Mathematics through intermediate calculus
  • Linear algebra and discrete mathematics
  • Demonstrated programming skill
  • At least one undergraduate course in chemistry and in molecular biology

Exceptional strengths in one area may compensate for limited background in other areas, but some proficiency across the disciplines must be evident for admission.

Application Process

The application process to the CCMB graduate program is run through the Graduate School.

  • Please read the FAQ
  • Please do not email or call the Center to check on the status of your application. All decisions will be communicated in writing.
  • Application Deadline is December 1st, applications open in late September-early October.
  • If you have questions about the application itself, contact
  • Only materials submitted via the Graduate School online application portal will be considered.

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