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Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease

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Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease PhD Program

The M3D PhD Program 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.  Three core courses focus on mechanisms of disease, the impact of basic science on medicine, and human genetics, providing a rigorous intellectual foundation. Each student participates in Chief of Medicine rounds, and in a mentored clinical rotation, in the broad area of human genetics or in a more focused area relevant to the student's thesis research.  Students also choose electives reflecting their own interests from the deep and varied menu offered by UW basic science and engineering departments.  Thesis research is supervised by two mentors, one a basic scientist and the other a clinician scientist.  Students complement their experimental work with exposure to relevant problems in the clinic.  The M3D Program is designed for students to complete PhD training in five years, ready to take the next step in careers in academia, biotech, the pharmaceutical industry, education, publishing and public policy.

 

Molecular Medicine Certificate Program

The Molecular Medicine Training Program (MMTP) at the University of Washington is a certificate program designed to train Ph.D. researchers in other participating departments and programs to use advances in basic sciences to solve problems relevant to human disease; and, conversely, to use insights from human disease processes to solve fundamental biological problems. Certificate program training incorporates three key elements: case-based courses, clinical exposure, and dual mentorship of Ph.D. research.

The MMTP is open to graduate students in Ph.D. programs in the Departments of Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Genome Sciences, Immunology, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology & Biophysics, and in the interdisciplinary Molecular and Cellular Biology Program.

 

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 is now recruiting for Autumn 2015!

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