The Associate Department Head for Graduate Education, Dr. Ken Keiler, is in charge of advising students about academic and related matters until they have chosen a dissertation research adviser. The dissertation research adviser must be a member of the BMMB graduate faculty. To help students learn about faculty research, each student undergoes laboratory rotations doing experimental projects in at least three faculty laboratories before deciding on their research area. Students generally select their dissertation research adviser at the end of their first semester. The selection process requires that there be a mutual acceptance by both the student and the faculty member. Students should only consider laboratories that have open positions for new graduate students. Openings in laboratories vary depending on available funding and space in a particular laboratory.