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Ph.D. in Biomedical Science


The goal of the Ph.D. graduate program in Biomedical Science at the University of Connecticut Health Center is to educate individuals dedicated to pursuing careers as scientists and scholars in biological and biomedical science in a wide variety of settings including academia, the private sector and in government service. To achieve this goal an academic environment is maintained which fosters creative thinking and supports programs leading to excellence in scholarship, research and teaching. The program is dedicated to quality education tailored to the needs of the individual student.

The Health Center is the health sciences campus of the University. It is home to a division of the Graduate School, the School of Medicine and the School of Dental Medicine. The Health Center offers a wide range of educational and research opportunities and has a talented faculty who are pursuing exciting and innovative research on contemporary problems in biology and medicine.

Program Description: Courses, Research Rotations and Thesis Laboratory Selection

Based on the students’ interests, an advisory committee is assembled which helps to guide them in their selection of courses and laboratory research rotations. Typically students in their first year take a mixture of course work and journal clubs. In addition they engage in three laboratory research rotations. These experiences enable students to gain familiarity with ongoing work at the Health Center in their areas of interest and obtain a sound foundation for future study.

Finding a Lab for Research Rotations

First year students seeking options for lab rotations can search for labs in several different ways. Faculty are organized below under Areas of Concentration, as well as Thematic Research Areas.

A comprehensive listing of available labs can be found in the Ph.D. Lab Rotation Availability page. Additionally, student looking for a specific faculty member by name may also search the Full Faculty Listing page.

Areas of Concentration
Over 100 laboratories are available for graduate student research rotations and doctoral thesis research. After the first year students select a thesis laboratory and affiliate with one of seven Areas of Concentration:

These Areas of Concentration are designed to assist the student in obtaining competency in their desired area of study.

Thematic Research Areas
In addition to the Areas of Concentration, a list of the Health Center faculty organized by thematic research areas is given below. A faculty member may be listed in up to four thematic research areas.


In the News


Photo of Brianna Sollod McFarland, Ph.D."My Ph.D. education has prepared me for an exciting career using a variety of scientific disciplines. During my studies, I attended numerous scientific meetings, interacted extensively with our diverse faculty, participated in the Biomedical Scholars Track enrichment program, and traveled to Australia for some of my dissertation work.

Over the years, the faculty guided me in my research and offered me constant support and encouragement, making even some of my toughest scientific challenges enjoyable to solve. My advisor's scientific knowledge, confidence and enthusiasm for research challenged me to be the best scientist I can be. He also encouraged me to undertake non-scientific challenges, such as becoming president of the Graduate Student Organization. UCHC provides the perfect balance for an outstanding graduate school experience."

Brianna Sollod McFarland, Ph.D., 2006
Genetics and Developmental Biology Area of Concentration

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