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PhD Programs


Biomedical Sciences Training Program


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.

The BSTP lets students explore a wide range of research areas in the biomedical sciences and then become experts as they pursue their thesis research. Students begin the program with research rotations in the labs of outstanding faculty members and coursework in cell and molecular biology. In the middle of the first year, students choose their thesis advisors and join one of our 11 PhD programs. They then go on to complete their degrees with specialized courses and intensive research.

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BSTP PhD Programs


Biochemistry PhD program
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Biochemistry

Biochemistry

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.

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Cell Biology PhD program
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Cell Biology

Cell Biology

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.

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Genetics PhD program
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Genetics

Genetics

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.

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Neurosciences PhD program
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Neurosciences

Neurosciences

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.

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Biochemistry Program


Biochemistry PhD program

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 Program


Cell Biology PhD program

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 Program


Genetics PhD program

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.

Neuroscience Program


Neurosciences PhD program

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.

Virology PhD program
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Virology

Virology

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.

Students also participate in formal and informal seminars. Each year, students present a seminar on their own research to members of the department. Prominent outside speakers are invited to present current research through the weekly Molecular Biology & Microbiology seminar program, the monthly Lester O. Krampitz Seminars and Cleveland Virology Group meetings, as well as numerous seminars in other departments.

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Pharmacology PhD program
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Pharmacology

Pharmacology

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.

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Pathology PhD program
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Pathology

Pathology

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).

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Nutrition PhD program
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Nutrition

Nutrition

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.

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Molecular Virology Program


Virology PhD program

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.

Students also participate in formal and informal seminars. Each year, students present a seminar on their own research to members of the department. Prominent outside speakers are invited to present current research through the weekly Molecular Biology & Microbiology seminar program, the monthly Lester O. Krampitz Seminars and Cleveland Virology Group meetings, as well as numerous seminars in other departments.

Pharmacology Program


Pharmacology PhD program

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.

Pathology Program


Pathology PhD program

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).

Nutrition Program


Nutrition PhD program

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.

Microbiology PhD program
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Molecular Biology
& Microbiology

Molecular Biology & Microbiology

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.

In addition to the core curriculum, students are required to complete a minimum of sixteen additional credit hours of advanced course work. Recent examples of specialized, elective courses offered by Molecular Biology Microbiology include Molecular Biology of RNA, RNA Viruses, Oncogenes and Tumor Suppressor Genes, Cell Surfaces and Matrices, Yeast Genetics and Cell Biology, and Bacterial Genetics and Pathogenicity.

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Biophysics PhD program
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Physiology
& Biophysics

Physiology & Biophysics

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.

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Bioinformatics PhD program
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Systems Biology
& Bioinformatics

Systems Biology & Bioinformatics

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.

Data science is the convergence of data engineering, math, statistics, advanced computing, the scientific method and subject-matter expertise. It involves the collection, management and transformation of "big data" into actionable information that can answer some of the world's most pressing problems. Yet there is a distinct need for data science experts who can efficiently interpret data into information that is useful for strategic decision-making.

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Molecular Biology & Microbiology Program


Molecular Biology & Microbiology PhD Program

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.

In addition to the core curriculum, students are required to complete a minimum of sixteen additional credit hours of advanced course work. Recent examples of specialized, elective courses offered by Molecular Biology Microbiology include Molecular Biology of RNA, RNA Viruses, Oncogenes and Tumor Suppressor Genes, Cell Surfaces and Matrices, Yeast Genetics and Cell Biology, and Bacterial Genetics and Pathogenicity.

Physiology and Biophysics Program


Physiology and Biophysics PhD Program

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 and Bioinformatics Program


Systems Biology and Bioinformatics PhD Program

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.

Data science is the convergence of data engineering, math, statistics, advanced computing, the scientific method and subject-matter expertise. It involves the collection, management and transformation of "big data" into actionable information that can answer some of the world's most pressing problems. Yet there is a distinct need for data science experts who can efficiently interpret data into information that is useful for strategic decision-making.

Medical Scientist Training Program


Case Western Reserve University has offered MD-PhD training since 1956 for students aspiring to careers combining academic medicine and biomedical research. This program was among the first to be awarded NIH funding and carry the designation Medical Scientist Training Program over 30 years ago. The CWRU MSTP provides an outstanding opportunity for students to obtain combined MD-PhD training and launch careers as physician-scientists

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Medical Scientist Training Program


Medical Scientist Training Program

In 1956, the School of Medicine became the first school to offer combined training for an M.D. and a Ph.D. in the basic medical sciences. Among the graduates of this program are 1994 Nobel Prize recipient Alfred G. Gilman, M.D., Ph.D., 1998 Nobel Prize recipient Ferid Murad, M.D., Ph.D., and former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D. Today, the school is one of only 42 institutions nationwide to offer the dual degrees through the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).

MSTP students earn their medical degrees through the School of Medicine's University Program and their Ph.D.s in the basic science field of their choice through the School of Graduate Studies. Currently, Ph.D. programs are offered in biochemistry; biology; biomedical engineering; cell biology; chemistry; genetic and molecular epidemiology; genetics: molecular, developmental and human genetics; mechanical and aerospace engineering; neurosciences; nutritional sciences; pathology (with tracks in cancer biology, immunology, or molecular and cellular basis of disease); pharmacological sciences; and physiology and biophysics.

Students begin the MSTP by attending medical school for two years. During this time, they are able to complete most of their Ph.D. coursework as well as the laboratory rotations necessary for them to choose their Ph.D. concentrations and mentors. Students then spend an average of three to four years conducting research and preparing a thesis to satisfy the requirements for the Ph.D. They then finish the last two years of the medical school program.

Other PhD programs


Other PhD programs offer direct admission including Biomedical Engineering, Clinical Translation Research, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Molecular Medicine.


Biomedical Engineering PhD Program
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Biomedical
Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Clinical Translation Research Program
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Clinical Translation
Research Program

Epidemiology and Biostatistics PhD program
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Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Molecular Medicine PhD Program
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Molecular
Medicine

Molecular Medicine

Biomedical Engineering Program


Biomedical Engineering Program

Welcome to the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. Our mission is to promote human health through education and research that bridges the gap between medicine and engineering. Our faculty members and students play leading roles from basic science discovery to the creation, clinical evolution, and commercialization of new technologies, devices and therapies. In short, we are “Engineering Better Health.”

Clinical Translation Research Program


Biomedical Engineering Program

The PhD in Clinical Translational Science program at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) will train and graduate clinical-translational scientists to meet the need for a transformed clinical and translational enterprise. Students will be rigorously trained in the theory and practice of clinical translational science in order to make significant clinical discoveries and to move these discoveries across the translational continuum (discovery to implementation). Essential elements of the curriculum are: (1) coursework providing students with the theory and practice of clinical and translational research; and (2) continued, longitudinal immersion in research through laboratory rotations (MSTP-CTSTP students), research practicum, and a research dissertation. The program will focus on enhancing skills to design and conduct research that is patient-oriented (conducted with humans or materials of human origin, for whom an investigator interacts with subjects, and which includes mechanisms of disease, therapeutic interventions, clinical trials, and the development of new technologies) and translational (applying discoveries generated through laboratory and preclinical studies to the development of trials and studies in humans, and conversely, applying novel observations in clinical settings about disease processes to new laboratory or basic investigations). The program faculty, representing diverse scientific and professional fields, are located at CWRU and several collaborating local medical centers: Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, MetroHealth Medical Center, and Louis Stokes Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program


Epidemiology and Biostatistics PhD Program

The mission of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics PhD Program is to enroll outstanding doctoral students and, drawing on the core disciplines of epidemiology and biostatistics, support them in developing the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to assume positions of leadership. Through challenging coursework and collaborative research opportunities, students will develop a thorough understanding of how to study the multiple determinants of population health outcomes; the individual and structural factors that may lead to disparities in those outcomes; and the way in which specific policies and interventions influence the nature and impacts of population health determinants.

Students will master the rigorous scientific and analytic methods necessary to be at the forefront of efforts to not only describe, but also effectively evaluate and improve the public's health by studying the population health sciences. Student- and faculty-led seminars provide an ongoing mechanism for keeping abreast of current literature and identifying important areas of research and collaborative opportunities. Students are considered junior colleagues of the faculty who will develop the capacity to work independently in a supportive environment. The Department operates within a strong interdisciplinary framework involving faculty within the department, the school of medicine, and across the entire university, as well as leaders in health care institutions and health oriented organizations and agencies throughout the wider community.

Molecular Medicine Program


Molecular Medicine PhD Program

The Lerner Research Institute at the Cleveland Clinic is home to the Molecular Medicine Ph.D. Program. The Cleveland Clinic is consistently rated among the top 4 U.S. Hospitals according to U.S. News & World Report and has been rated #1 in cardiac care for 18 consecutive years. Molecular Medicine Ph.D. students train in a state-of-the-art facility with over 700,000 square feet of research space and nearly 200 investigators.

The Molecular Medicine Ph.D. Program integrates medical knowledge into graduate training. The goal of this program is to train research scientists who are effective members of translational research teams working along side physicians. Our students are engaged in basic or applied research that is relevant to human health and can lead to new understanding of disease, clinical and diagnostic tools, medications, and therapies.

Molecular Medicine Ph.D. students have the opportunity to learn from faculty members at the Lerner Research Institute, the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and Case Western Reserve University. Our students focus on medically relevant research and train with research leaders in their fields of study as well as world-class clinicians.