Candidates for a PhD in Molecular and Translational Medicine have varied scientific and medical backgrounds. To meet the stated goals of the Graduate Program in MTM and provide intensive scientific training and research experience culminating in a PhD, as well as equip its graduates to carry out independent research, the course of study will be individualized for each candidate depending upon his/her background. This course will be developed by each candidate and his/her Program Advisor in MTM. The program of study must be approved by the Student Performance Committee.

The Graduate Program in Molecular and Translational Medicine participates in the Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS) which offers training towards the PhD degree by integrating the foundations of interdisciplinary biomedical research with focused investigation and preparation for career advancement.

Program Timeline

In the first year, PhD students participate in the Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS) core curriculum, as well elective courses focused on area-specific interests.  Additionally, trainees will engage in laboratory rotations, in journal clubs and research seminars.  Trainees will work closely with a faculty advisor in the development of an individual plan that will be tailored to serve specific research and professional goals.  After selection of a laboratory, students will join the program/department with which the mentor is affiliated and continue advanced studies towards candidacy

The Molecular and Translational Medicine PhD program is divided into three parts: Part I, Basic Science Curriculum (PiBS); Part II, Molecular Medicine Curriculum; and Part III, Dissertation Research. After successful completion of Parts I and II and prior to initiating dissertation research, each candidate will be expected to complete the Tier 2 Qualifying Examination.