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Translational Science Program

A major goal of biological research is to acquire insight and tools to solve problems in medicine. The new program in Translational Sciences was developed to address this goal and train graduate students to bring the power of cutting-edge biological tools to bear upon clinical problems. 

The program incorporates several unique features to provide focused training at the interface between basic and clinical sciences. Program students are co-mentored with both a basic scientist and a clinical scientist. Regular meetings with both mentors will ensure that the student gains a broad understanding of the application of basic biological methods to clinical problems. New courses have been developed to provide students with an understanding of the principles of translational science and tools for carrying out translational research. Additional program specific activities will include yearly retreats, a seminar program and opportunities to interact directly with clinicians.

REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIALIZATION

All Basic Biomedical Science students must complete the core curriculum as well as electives required by their program. Students in the Translational Science program must take 3 graded elective courses of 2-4 credits each, one of which must be Molecular Basis of Disease. Courses offered by other programs may be taken to complete the final two elective requirements.

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OUR LEADERSHIP & FACULTY

PROGRAM DIRECTORS

Pranoti Mandrekar, PhD
Professor
email Dr. Mandrekar
  Chinmay Trivedi, MD, PhD
Professor
email Dr. Trivedi

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OUR FACULTY

Translational Science Program faculty members possess broad expertise in both basic and clinical research and are drawn from 15 different academic departments and programs at UMass Chan.

View the affiliated faculty listing for the Translational Science Program.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

OUR STUDENTS IN THE NEWS

Getting Results…
  • MD/PhD student using NIH award to study onset of Huntington’s disease

    MD/PhD student using NIH award to study onset of Huntington’s disease

    MD/PhD student Jillian Belgrad has received an award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study the pathology that drives the development of Huntington’s disease symptoms.  

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  • WATCH: PhD candidate Javier Solivan-Rivera says collaboration is key at GSBS

    WATCH: PhD candidate Javier Solivan-Rivera says collaboration is key at GSBS

    Javier Solivan-Rivera and his classmates in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences who have recently passed the qualifying exam will be honored at a recognition ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 11, as part of Convocation week events at UMass Medical School.

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  • Raziel Rojas-Rodriguez studies adipose tissue function in metabolism during pregnancy

    Raziel Rojas-Rodriguez studies adipose tissue function in metabolism during pregnancy

    Raziel Rojas-Rodriguez, a PhD candidate in the Program in Molecular Medicine, is studying how adipose tissue expansion during pregnancy is related to metabolic health. Learn more about her research in this Women in Science video. 

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