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This program provides a unique multidisciplinary scope, formal mentoring process that is designed to foster exposure to leaders in alternative careers in the biomedical sciences and qualities of strong leaders in these career paths. The annual research colloquium is used to bring in successful leaders in biomedical careers for seminar and networking events.
Recruits come from a range of backgrounds: biology and science, clinical medicine, microbiology, statistics and computer science into a curriculum with unique flexibility and opportunity based on each doctoral student's own interests and career aspirations. They will be trained in the core concepts of molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry genetics and related biomedical sciences. They will be trained in the core concepts of physiology, pharmacology, and quality assessment. Our participating faculty provide a wide range of training environments that intersect across this spectrum, in training environments, coursework, and core service sectors of the Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Center for Translational Science.
Areas of dissertation research emphasis range from Microbiology and Gene Therapy; Cellular Immunology and Pharmaceutics; Regenerative Medicine and Imaging; and Bioinformatics and Public Health. The formal curriculum consists of two core courses taken during the first year and the Molecular Medicine seminar for the entire graduate education. Electives are taught as part of curriculum in departments across the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, Medicine, Arts and Sciences, and Food and Agriculture Sciences. Career skills are fostered in elective courses on scientific writing and editing; scientific innovation with a business perspective; and data ownership and contracts.
Post-PhD scientists are an important contributor to the scientific diversity of the Molecular Medicine Program and are recruited based on the record of scholarship in the PhD and expertise that is complementary to the training faculty programs in biomedicine. The expertise of recent recruits range from clinical and anatomic veterinary pathology to virology and computer science. Training in core concepts of molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, and related biomedical sciences is partnered with career development and leadership training. The expectation from the training program is to train successful independent investigators that will be future leaders in basic and translational research in academic, industrial and private sector settings. They are to be the mentors for the next generation of biomedical scientists and their career preparation goes beyond traditional academic boundaries. Opportunities include participation in didactic teaching, training of junior students at the bench, at the podem and in the process of proposal and manuscript preparation.