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PhD in Basic and Translational Science

PhD in Basic and Translational Science

The PhD in Basic and Translational Science offers in depth training in the basic science plus courses in translational science. It builds on our previous successes in basic research in the areas of biochemistry, biophysics, cell biology, genetics, microbiology, neurosciences, pharmacology, physiology and toxicity to develop translational research training. This program prepares students to carry out research that narrows the gap between current basic science knowledge and clinical practice and to carry out basic science research to answer questions generated at the bedside.

Program Goals

  • To produce a new class of investigators rigorously trained in basic science and credentialed in translational research who think broadly and logically about clinical problems;
  • To promote research that bridges the gap between basic science knowledge and clinical practice;
  • To build a team of collaborators that will translate basic science research findings into patient care.

Program Components

  • Apply and matriculate into existing doctoral entrance programs: IDP in Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience, Biophysics Imaging, Pharmacology and Physiology;
  • While in these Entrance Programs, students complete the first year graduate courses and rotate with and chose a mentor in the PhD in Basic and Translational Science Program;
  • Students apply and are accepted into the program at the end of their first year in graduate school;
  • Students are part of the PhD program in their selected Basic Science Department and part of the PhD in Basic and Translational Science Program;
  • Advanced Course Requirements: 6 Credits Department / Advisor and 6 Credits Translational Courses;
  • Throughout the program, students participate in monthly non-credit program seminars;
  • At least one translational dissertation specific aim. Translational aims may include:
    1. Basic investigations with the intent of discovery of the pathobiologic basis of human disease and directed towards the invention or improvement of diagnostic, prognostic or therapeutic strategies;
    2. Characterization of the biological effects of therapeutics;
    3. Biomarker discovery and validation; or
    4. Drug, diagnostic tool or medical devise development.
  • Individual Translational and Clinical Training Plan including 4 clinical experiences per year in years 3-5;
  • Mentoring provided by basic and clinical scientists.

Curriculum

Graduate Year 1
  • Standard Entrance Graduate Curriculum
  • Choose Dissertation Advisor
  • Apply for PhD in Basic and Translational Science Program
Graduate Year 2
  • Standard and Departmental Graduate Curriculum (6 credits)
  • Qualifying Exam
  • Biostatistics for Basic Sciences (1 credit) or Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • Initiate Dissertation Research
  • Select Dissertation Committee including Clinical Science Co-mentor
  • Seminar in Basic and Translational Science
Graduate Year 3
  • Boundaries of Science and Medical Practice
  • Pathophysiology Course (1-3 credits)
  • Translational Science Courses (1-3 credits)
  • Continue Dissertation Research
  • Translational Science Seminar (non-credit)
  • Seminar in Basic and Translational Science
Graduate Year 4
  • Continue Dissertation Research
  • Translational Science Seminar (non-credit)
  • Defend Dissertation
  • Seminar in Basic and Translational Science

Additional Information

How to Apply

Application Deadlines

PhD Entrance Program: February 15, 2013
PhD in Basic & Translational Sciences Program: July 15, 2013 following the first year of Graduate School

Program of Study

  • 60 Credits
  • 5.5 year average Program
  • Research centered
 
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