Program director
Michael Pecaut

Associate program director
Christopher Wilson

The core curriculum provides a broad background in molecular biology, immunology, and medical microbiology and infectious diseases. Advanced courses allow each student to fully develop an area of interest.  Research strengths of the program include: cellular and systems neurosciences, bioinformatics, molecular biology, computational modeling, biostatistics and data analytics, radiation physics, functional/structural imaging, in vivo and in vitro physiology, as well as biomedical engineering.

The thesis or research option for the Master of Science degree provides training for individuals who will become technicians involved in biomedical research in universities or in the biotechnology industry, and for medical technologists seeking specialized research training. The nonthesis Master of Science degree option provides content appropriate for  secondary school teachers seeking advanced training in areas such as neuroscience, systems biology, bioinformatics, medical imaging; and for students seeking admission to a professional school, such as medicine or dentistry.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is designed to prepare students for a career in independent research and teaching in a university, clinical, or biotechnology environment. Doctoral degree students are expected to develop creativity and independence in addition to technical skills.

Program learning outcomes

By the end of this program, the graduate should be able to:

  1. Articulate fundamental concepts in the biomedical sciences.
  2. Integrate aspects of neuroscience, systems biology, or bioengineering.
  3. Interpret the literature within neuroscience, systems biology, or bioengineering.
  4. Demonstrate the principles of scientific and professional ethics
  5. Make original contributions to the body of biomedical knowledge.
  6. Explain the process of applying for external funding.

*This learning outcome does not apply to M.S. degree students.