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Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences (IDPBS)

 

Biomedical Sciences concentration

Students in this interdisciplinary program are formally affiliated with the Brody School of Medicine, participate in an IDPBS core curriculum and pursue a concentration of study and research in their chosen field.  The Concentration in Biomedical Science combines research programs and clinical departments of the Brody School of Medicine and has research opportunities in cancer biology, cell physiology, immunology, reproductive endocrinology, muscle biochemistry, lung biology, bacterial and viral pathogens, tissue engineering, neurological emergencies, cardiac regenerative medicine and computational modeling.

Biomedical Sciences Faculty

Barbara J. Muller-Borer, Ph.D. (Co-Program Director of IDPBS; Cardiovascular Sciences)

Mary Jane Thomassen, Ph.D. (Co-Program Director of IDPBS; Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine)

Kori Brewer, Ph.D. (Emergency Medicine)

Myon Lee, Ph.D. (Hematology Oncology)

Maria Ruiz-Echevarria, Ph.D. (Hematology Oncology)

Li Yang, Ph.D. (Hematology Oncology)

Fred Bertrand, Ph.D. (Internal Medicine)

George Sigounas, Ph.D. (Internal Medicine)

Lorita Rebellato-deVente, Ph.D. (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine)

Kathryn Verbanac, Ph.D. (Surgery)

Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Department of Microbiology

Department of Biochemistry

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

 

Financial Support

IDPBS Biomedical Sciences students are guaranteed five years of financial support through a combination of the sources listed below.

Institutional Scholarships.  Scholarships cover tuition and health insurance, and a stipend is given per calendar year.  Students may receive up to two years of scholarship support. 

A Graduate Research Assistantship may be provided if the student's graduate mentor has received external funding through a grant or contract.  The nature of the research and the student's duties and responsibilities are determined by the mentor.  Research Assistantship awards are typically competitive with that of a Teaching Assistantship.

 

Timeline for Completion

The table presented below describes the annual program and research goals for IDPBS Biology students assuming a 5 year timeline for completion of all degree requirements. Note that forming the dissertation committee is recommended to occur during the first year, with annual meetings thereafter to keep the committee abreast of progress toward completing the degree. The teaching requirement consists of two semesters as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, and it is recommended this requirement be satisfied during the final 3 years of the program.  The defense of the dissertation proposal (year 2) and the comprehensive exam are separate events, with the proposal defense occurring first.  The format of the comprehensive exam is at the discretion of the committee, but an oral format has been the most common, with the dissertation proposal and the dissertation representing the written portions of the comprehensive assessment.  Students are strongly encouraged to publicize their research findings (e.g. publishing and presenting at professional meetings) early in their training, and to apply for grant/ fellowship / dissertation improvement awards throughout their participation in the program.

Time

Program Goals

Research Goals

Year 1

Confirm Mentor

Preliminary research/pilot studies

 

Form dissertation committee

Begin developing dissertation proposal

 

Meet with IDPBS Graduate Committee and plan curriculum;affirm curriculum with dissertation committee

Meet with dissertation committee for input on research topic

 

 

Apply for research fellowship(s) / grant(s)

Year 2

Complete minimum curriculum requirements

Dissertation research

Take comprehensive exam

Meet with dissertation committee for input on dissertation proposal

 

Meet with committee to review progress toward degree

Complete and defend dissertation proposal

 

 

Present research findings at professional meeting

 

 

Apply for research fellowship(s) / grant(s)



Year 3

Satisfy teaching requirement

Dissertation research

 

 

Apply for research fellowship(s) / grant(s)

 

 

Submit paper for publication

Year 4

Satisfy teaching requirement

Dissertation research

 

Meet with committee to review progress toward degree

Present research findings at professional meeting

 

 

Apply for research fellowship(s) / grant(s)

 

 

Submit paper for publication

Year 5

Satisfy teaching requirement

Dissertation research

 

Meet with committee to review progress toward degree

Present research findings at professional meeting

 

 

Submit paper for publication

 

 

Complete and defend dissertation

 

Core Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences

 

General Core (8 s.h.)

BISC 8815/BIOL 8815/CHEM 8815/ Seminar (1 s.h., taken 3X) 3 s.h.

HUMS 7004 Ethics and Research 2 s.h.

BIOS 6022 Biostatistics for Health Professionals

or PSYC 6430 Statistics and Research Design

or PHAR 7777 Biometry 3 s.h.

Molecular/Cellular Core (3-4 s.h.) (students must choose at least one of the following)

BIOC 7301 Biochemistry I 4 s.h.

BIOC 7310 Molecular Biochemistry 3 s.h.

BIOL 7870 Molecular Genetics 3 s.h.

BIOL 7480/7481 Cell Biology 4 s.h.

ANAT 7202/MCBI 7410 Molecular Cell Biology 4 s.h.

CHEM 7540 Biophysical Techniques for Studying Biological Structure 3 s.h.

Research Core (25- 36 s.h.)

BISC 8810/BIOL 8810/CHEM 8810 Methods and Techniques in

Experimental Biology [Lab rotation] 3 s.h.

BISC 8830/ BIOL 8830/CHEM 8830 Introduction to Research,

(a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 s.h.)10-15 s.h.

Dissertation (a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 s.h.)12-18 s.h.

TOTAL Core 36-48 s.h.

 

Biomedical Science Concentration

Required (13-14 s.h.)One of these will have been taken as part of the core.

MCBI 7400 Immunology and Virology 4 s.h.

OR BIOL 7170 Immunology 3 s.h.

BISC 8810 Methods and Techniques 3 s.h. @

BIOC 7301 Biochemistry I 4 s.h

BIOC 7310 OR BIOL 7870 Molecular Biology 3 s.h.

ANAT7202/MCBI 7410 Molecular Cell Biology OR BIOL 7480/1 Cell Biology 4 s.h.

Electives (Must complete at least 4 s.h. from list excluding those for BISC 8820)

BISC 8820 Current Topics2 s.h.

PATH 8800 Principles of Pathology 4 s.h.

PHLY 7701 Graduate Cellular Physiology3 s.h.

PHLY 7702 Graduate Organ Systems Physiology 5 s.h.

PHLY 7704 Physiological Proteogenomics 4 s.h.

NEUR 7000 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience 3 s.h.

NEUR 7001 Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience 3 s.h.

MCBI 7440 Advanced Molecular Genetics4 s.h.

MCBI 7450 Immunology 4 s.h.

BIOC 7345/ANAT 7345 Cell Motility 2 s.h.

BIOC 8320 Biochemistry II 4 s.h.

CMED 7100 Animal Research Methods 2 s.h.

PHAR 7609 Introduction to Pharmacology 3 s.h.

PHAR 7610 Basic Mechanisms of Drug Action 3 s.h.

@ may be repeated for credit

 

Biomedical Science Concentration

First Semester Course Offerings

BIOC 73014 Biochemistry

BIOC 73103 Molecular Biochemistry

MCBI 74104 Molecular Cell Biology

BISC 88151 Seminar in Biological Sciences

Optional

BISC 88103 Methods and Techniques in Experimental Biological Sciences

(Lab Rotation) (may substitute for BIOC 7310)

Second semester Course Offerings

BISC 8810 – Methods and Techniques in Experimental Biology

BISC 8815 - Seminar

MCBI 7400 – Immunology and Virology

HUMS 7004 (required by Grad School) or elective – Humanities and Basic Medical Sciences

PHAR 7777 - Biometry

BISC 8830 is used after the student chooses a major advisor


Graduate Students Steps to Graduation 


For questions regarding curriculum or course requirements please contact Barbara Muller-Borer, PhD or Mary Jane Thomassen, PhD.

 

 

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