Academic Resources

The Division of Graduate Medical Sciences and available Scientific Cores: The Division of Graduate Medical Sciences is an important part of Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian Medical School (CAMed) within the Medical Center. This division, headed by Dr. Carl Franzblau, administers the sorting, selection and acceptance of applicants. It oversees graduate requirements, sets policies, and approves the curriculum proposed by departments to unify basic course requirements, as well as assists departments in management of student affairs. The Medical School provides excellent working environment for trainees. The facilities within it include:

The Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, with ample opportunities to join workshops, thematic seminars, research groups and more. (

A link to a publication on interdisciplinary research and training by K. Ravid et al, J. Academic Medicine:

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State of the art Research Cores, such as Flow Cytometry and Cell sorting, metabolic phenotyping, ultrasound and much more. (

State of the art Animal Facility overseen by Animal Science Center (fully accredited by ALAC)-(;

A Transgenic Facility (managed by the Animal Science Center’s Senior Research Clinical Veterinarian, Dr. Rao Varada)- (;

A DNA core (headed by Dr. Lindsay Farrer)-(;

An NMR center (headed by Dr. Catherine Cosltello)-(;

A Confocal Microscope Core (headed by Dr. Vickery Trinkaus-Randall)-(;

A Functional Genomic and Proteomic Center for microarray analyses of genes and proteins (overseen by the Department of Genetics)-(;

Among other services are: A centralized Visual Aid Unit that provides expertise in creating figures and slides; a Computer Center with routine tutoring; Two Centralized FACS machine; Dial Up internet access which provides faculty and trainees access to such services as PubMed, GenBank; and a spacious library with a large collection of scientific journals (including electronically).

The Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute: A Cardiovascular Institute (named the Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute) (CVI) was established at the Medical School in 1974, under the direction of Dr. Aram Chobanian, to coordinate and plan ongoing research and educational activities, and to help develop new programs. An expanded CVI was established in 1994 within the Center for Advanced Biomedical Research (CABR) and in 1999, within the new Evans Biomedical Research Center (EBRC) that is physically connected to the CABR building. Excellent leadership and faculty recruits provide strong basic science as well as translational research at the CVI. Numerous research activities in the medical school have been based on collaborative efforts between members of the Department of Medicine, Basic Science Departments and the CVI.

To find out more about the CVI, link to:

The Basic Science Departments and Programs:
Faculty affiliated with the Training Program in Cardiovascular Biology hold appointments in the following departments/programs: