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Section on Molecular Medicine


The Section on Molecular Medicine focuses on performing cutting-edge research in cellular and molecular mechanisms of human disease and supports graduate and postgraduate level educational programs within the Department of Internal Medicine.

A major goal of the section is to serve as a nidus for translational research by providing an environment where clinical and basic science faculty interact to make new discoveries and to educate future scientists.

The section consists of nine (9) primary faculty members and one (1) Emeritus faculty member who use cellular and molecular approaches to gain a better understanding of the basic mechanisms underlying several chronic human conditions including asthma, arthritis, inflammation, infection, and aging. A particular research focus is cell signaling and the regulation of gene expression. The research in the section is supported by grants from the NIH, from the Department of Defense, from foundations including the Avon Foundation, and the American Heart Association, from an endowed professorship and from partnerships with industry.

Molecular Medicine is home to three very successful graduate programs: the PhD program in Molecular Medicine, the MD-PhD program, and the MS program. The section also provides a center for laboratory research training and education in translational research for medical students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows including subspecialty fellows in the Department of Internal Medicine. A seminar series is held weekly in conjunction with the graduate program in Molecular Medicine.

Please visit the links on our website to learn more about the research projects in Molecular Medicine as well as our training programs.

John S. Parks, Ph.D. 
Professor of Internal Medicine 
Head, Section on Molecular Medicine

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Molecular Medicine & Translational Science Graduate Program

Office 336-713-4259

Kay Collare
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