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Molecular Medicine Training Program


Molecular Medicine Training Program

The Molecular Medicine Training Program (MMTP) at the University of Washington trains students to use advances in basic sciences to solve problems relevant to human disease; and to use insights from human disease processes to solve fundamental biological problems. Students may participate in the MMTP either via the interdisciplinary Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease (M3D) PhD Program, which provides a deep and relevant background for students committed to translational research; or via the Molecular Medicine Graduate Certificate Program, designed for students pursuing PhD training in departmental or interdisciplinary programs who wish to obtain foundational understanding of questions relevant to human health and disease. All MMTP students participate in courses that emphasize the significance of research to human disease. Thesis research is supervised by two mentors, one a basic scientist and the other a clinician scientist, enabling students to complement their experimental work with exposure to relevant problems in the clinic. 


Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease (M3D) PhD Program

Students receive rigorous interdisciplinary training designed to prepare them for translational research. Three core courses focus on mechanisms of disease, the impact of basic science on medicine, and human genetics, providing a rigorous intellectual foundation. Students also participate in one or more courses designed to provide an interface with the clinic and clinical medicine; learn basic statistics; and choose additional electives from the deep and varied menu offered by UW basic science and engineering departments. The M3D Program is designed for students to complete PhD training in five years, ready to take the next step in diverse careers in academia, biotech, the pharmaceutical industry, education, publishing or public policy.


Molecular Medicine Certificate Program

Training incorporates three key elements: a case-based course emphasing application of basic science to human disease; a clinical interface course, and dual mentorship of Ph.D. research by a basic scientist and clinical mentor. It is open to students pursuing PhD training in the Departments of Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Genome Sciences, Immunology, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology & Biophysics, and in the interdisciplinary Molecular and Cellular Biology Program. The Certificate is awarded at the time of the receipt of the PhD.


The Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease (M3D) PhD Program and the Molecular Medicine Training Program are committed to recruiting diverse participants, including students with a broad spectrum of scientific interests, students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, students with physical or mental impairment that limits any major life activity, and students from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. See our Diversity Resources Page for more information.

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The M3D PhD Program Mini-Retreat is on Tuesday, September 15th at the UW Waterfront Activities Center. Contact Steve Berard ( for details.

New Graduate Student Resource website with excellent funding, writing, mentoring, and career information.

The deadline to apply to the M3D PhD Program is December 15, 2015.

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