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Biomedical Sciences Training Programs


The Biomedical Sciences Training Program (BSTP) offers a common entry point to most of our biomedical Ph.D. programs with over 200 faculty members in a wide range of research areas. The program identifies accomplished, creative young scientists to work with our dynamic faculty researchers. Our faculty value their interactive relationships with students and view mentoring young scientists as an important part of the mission of the School of Medicine.

Seeds of Discovery kicks off the Fall Semester


The entering class of PhD students from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine was honored at a white lab coat ceremony on Friday, August 21, 2015. The ceremony, entitled Seeds of Discovery, recognized over 70 incoming PhD students from twelve different School of Medicine departments and training programs.

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Biochemistry PhD

Students: 48

Primary Faculty: 22


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From Harland Wood’s discovery of carbon dioxide fixation to the recent development of the Mighty Mouse by Richard Hanson’s group, the Department of Biochemistry has a storied tradition in biomedical research. Faculty in the department use a wide range of techniques and systems to address fundamental biological and disease related questions. Research within the department follows along several tracts.

Cell Biology PhD

Students: 2

Primary Faculty: 11


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The Cell Biology PhD Program includes faculty from the School of Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. The Program organizes weekly seminars and occasssional cell biology meetings. Graduate students are accepted into the PhD or MD/PhD Programs in Cell Biology through the Biomedical Sciences and Medical Scientists Training Programs.

Genetics PhD

Students: 25

Primary Faculty: 21


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The goal of the Genetics graduate program is to train the next generation of geneticists who have extensive knowledge and expertise in many areas of modern genetics, genomics and biomedical research, and who use this training to pursue careers in basic and applied research in academia and industry, teaching, healthcare, publishing, foundations and government, and other areas of leadership in the public and private sectors.

Molecular Biology & Microbiology PhD

Students: 4

Primary Faculty: 11


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The requirements for a Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology Microbiology include course work, participation in formal and informal seminars, a research qualifying examination, and the Ph.D. thesis. Students are required to complete a minimum of sixteen additional credit hours of advanced course work.

Virology PhD

Students: 12

Primary Faculty: 11


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The requirements for a Ph.D. degree in Molecular Virology include course work, participation in formal and informal seminars, a research qualifying examination, and the Ph.D. thesis. In addition to the core curriculum, students are required to complete a minimum of sixteen additional credit hours of advanced course work, including Introduction to Virology and Virus-Host Interactions.

Neurosciences PhD

Students: 24

Primary Faculty: 12


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The Department of Neurosciences offers graduate and postdoctoral training in a wide range disciplines in modern neuroscience. The Neurosciences graduate program has a strong emphasis on cellular and molecular mechanisms that mediate the function and development of the nervous system. Training in neurobiology is provided through a combination of research, course work, and seminars.

Nutrition PhD

Students: 5

Primary Faculty: 14


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Alterations in metabolism are at the root of numerous disorders, and nutritional status is a critical determinant of human health. The Ph.D. program in Nutrition aims to train students in the various approaches that are required for the study of metabolism and nutrient homeostasis. Ph.D. candidates are expected to learn and utilize diverse experimental approaches such as biochemistry, cell biology, bioinformatics, proteomics and metabolomics, and apply them as necessary for their Ph.D. thesis project. Appropriate training is provided by coursework, research, and weekly seminars, where multidisciplinary collaborations are emphasized.

Pathology PhD

Students: 53

Primary Faculty: 128


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The Case Department of Pathology provides extensive opportunities for graduate training in Experimental Pathology, Immunology and Cancer Biology leading to the PhD (or MD/PhD) degree. A separate program leads to the MS degree. Teaching faculty are based in the Case Department of Pathology and other basic science and clinical departments at Case and Case-affiliated hospitals (University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, MetroHealth Medical Center and the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center).

Pharmacology PhD

Students: 44

Primary Faculty: 30


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The Department of Pharmacology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine enjoys a tradition of excellence in basic science research. Our legacy includes the award of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1971 to Earl W. Sutherland Jr. for his discovery of the now famous "intracellular messenger" cAMP. Several generations of scholars have continued this tradition through their nationally and internationally recognized contributions to biomedical sciences.

Physiology and Biophysics PhD

Students: 28

Primary Faculty: 21


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Our Graduate Program provides an interdisciplinary doctoral training allowing you to pursue a research career in the medical sciences. We emphasize a quantitative and state-of-the art instrumentation intensive approach that equips you with cutting edge skills to address key biological questions. The ultimate goal is to train future scientists in understanding the mechanisms that control normal function of biological processes, translating that knowledge into new approaches and cures for disease.

Systems Biology & Bioinformatics PhD

Students: 9

Primary Faculty: 12


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The Graduate Program in Systems Biology and Bioinformatics is participating in Case Western Reserve University's Data Science initiative. We have developed new courses for the undergraduate Applied Data Science minor in the Health domain area. These courses will introduce students to healthcare data analytics and bioinformatics research.