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Translational Science Program

Program Directors: Dr. Pranoti Mandrekar and Dr. Chinmay Trivedi

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

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 advanced topics required by their program. Students in the Translational Science program must take 3 advanced topics courses, one of which must be Molecular Basis of Disease. Courses offered by other programs may be taken to complete the final two advanced topic requirements.

View year by year course sequence for Basic Biomedical Science doctoral students. 

Raziel Rojas-Rodriguez

Raziel Rojas-Rodriguez

Translational Science Program student, Raziel Rojas-Rodriguez, featured in LabTV video: Curious about how fat tissue plays a role in developing diabetes during pregnancy.