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PhD Molecular Medicine and Translational Science


The Molecular Medicine and Translational Science PhD graduate training program is part of the newly organized Molecular and Cellular Biosciences Track of Wake Forest University Graduate School.  The MCB track provides a gateway to a first year of comprehensive training to pre-doctoral students emphasizing analytical approaches to molecular and cellular synthesis, structure and function, genetics and gene regulation, cell communications, organ systems and pathophysiology. Students selecting the Molecular Medicine and Translational Science (MMTS) PhD program will then receive additional training in translational research with significant clinical exposure that will link knowledge from the laboratory to applications in clinical medicine. The MMTS program was one of the first established molecular medicine programs nationwide.  Students currently enrolled in the program receive their training from both physicians and basic scientists from various scientific fields including regenerative medicine, biochemistry, genetics/genomics, cancer biology, microbiology/immunology, physiology, internal medicine, and neuroscience.

Explore the exciting research taking place by students and faculty in Molecular Medicine and Translational Science and learn how you can apply by browsing through the links at the left. If you have questions after reading through the material, please contact the MMTS PhD program directors, Dr. John Parks and Dr. Robert Taylor, or the MMTS recruiter, Dr. Michael Seeds, for more information.

Program Objectives

The PhD training program in Molecular Medicine and Translational Science prepares research scientists with a broad knowledge of human disease, molecular mechanisms in pathophysiology, and the clinical implications of their basic research. This unique and competitive program achieves the following specific goals:

  • to offer a graduate education and training leading to a PhD degree that integrates biochemical & molecular biological approaches to understanding, preventing, and treating human disease.
  • to train biomedical scientists who can bridge basic and clinical settings.
  • to educate biomedical scientists who will act as researchers, teachers, mentors, and leaders in human health research.
  • to facilitate and promote 'translational' research at Wake Forest University.

Students in the MMTS program accomplish these goals through a combination of courses designed to provide a solid foundation in the basic sciences and in clinical molecular medicine. MMTS also utilizes dual mentoring to facilitate the interaction of PhD and MD scientists interested in common problems. This increases the sharing of expertise and development of ideas with the students.

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Molecular Medicine & Translational Science Graduate Program

Office 336-713-4259

Kay Collare
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