The Designated Emphasis in Reproductive Biology (DERB)


       The University of California, Davis has a long and rich history in reproductive biology research. From the 1930’s to the 60’s, early pioneers at UC Davis included Harold H. Cole, Perry T. Cupps, and Irving I. Geshwind, Department of Animal Science, and Frank X. Ogasawara, Department of Avian Sciences. Their scientific discoveries (such as the gonadotropic hormone from pregnant mares, methods to freeze sperm and for artificial insemination), assistance to the dairy cattle and chicken industries, and scholarly activities (editors of scientific journals, authors of text books in reproduction) provided the foundation for the teaching of reproductive biology at UC Davis, and the addition of faculty with research interests in this field.

       Today, research in reproductive biology at UC Davis is conducted by more than 40 principal investigators located in the Colleges of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Letters and Sciences, Division of Biological Science, Schools of Medicine, of Veterinary Medicine, and Organized Research Units such as the Bodega Marine Laboratory, the Center for Health and the Environment, and the California Regional Primate Center. Research ranges from molecular to organismal, and from basic research to applied studies in agricultural and health related sciences. A significant number of UC Davis reproductive biologists conduct research programs that are recognized nationally and internationally. As stated by then Dean Robert D. Grey to Chancellor Emeritus Theodore L. Hullar (May 26,1992) when transmitting a Directory of Principal Investigators in Reproductive Biology at UC Davis, "The area of reproductive biology is one of the major strengths in the biological sciences at UC Davis." The astonishing breadth and depth of the campus’s research programs in this field have created a dynamic research environment that promotes collaborative investigations and provides outstanding opportunities for graduate education.

        Graduate students in certain Ph.D. programs may participate in a Designated Emphasis, a specialization that might include a new method of inquiry or an important field of application which is related to two or more existing Ph.D. programs. The curriculum of the designated emphasis is offered by faculty organized in the manner of a graduate group. The Designated Emphasis is awarded in conjunction with the Ph.D. degree and is signified by a transcript designation; for example, "Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology with a Designated Emphasis in Reproductive Biology."

        In view of both the breadth of interests and substantial numbers of high quality faculty interested in the education of graduate students in reproductive biology, UC Davis has an established Designated Emphasis in Reproductive Biology (DERB). The DERB covers graduate students in Molecular, Cellular, & Integrative Physiology, Cell and Developmental Biology, Comparative Pathology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Epidemiology and Animal Biology . The curriculum requirements are below.