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Medical Science Graduate Program

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The Texas A&M Medical Science Graduate Program provides cutting-edge research training through our PhD in medical science, administered in cooperation with the College of Medicine. This program provides a flexible and interdisciplinary curriculum with six diverse focus tracks that allow students to have a highly personalized and individually tailored training program. Students select from multiple campuses with distinct research strengths in Bryan-College Station, Temple and Houston. 

Our students at Texas A&M, a Tier 1 research university, benefit from having access to many research areas not typically seen in medical schools such as veterinary medicine, chemistry and engineering.

With an average graduation time of five years and stipend support ($30,000) throughout your training, we are confident you will find that the Texas A&M Medical Science Graduate Program will provide a wide spectrum of exciting research opportunities and prepare you for a successful career upon graduation.

The Medical Science Graduate Program is organized into six emphasis areas called tracks.

  • Each track corresponds to a strong area of scientific research where there are sufficient numbers of faculty to provide a robust training experience.
  • Each track has a specific curriculum that outlines appropriate coursework and activities providing the educational foundation for research.
  • Each track has an appointed Leader who acts as a student’s advisor until a PI is selected.
  • Students may select a track during the application/admissions process or during their first semester in the program. 

Medical Science graduate students can receive instruction and research training in six potential emphasis areas. Select any of the following areas of interest to see track leaders and faculty information.

  • Biochemistry & Structural Biology

    Much of the research in this emphasis group focuses on understanding how proteins are synthesized and assembled into functional macromolecules. State of the art biophysical technologies are exploited to define mechanisms for protein folding, and protein trafficking in the endoplasmic reticulum and nucleus. Reverse genetic approaches are used to elucidate the roles of newly discovered proteins and define functional protein domains. Most researchers have strong collaborative ties with Texas A&M University groups in the chemistry and biochemistry/biophysics departments.
    Track Curriculum (PDF)

  • Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Biology

    In the post-genomic era, two major trends have revolutionized medical research in the cardiovascular and lymphatic fields. First, traditional medical disciplines of physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology and pathology have become more integrated with other fields, including bioengineering, instrumentation, and computer technology, creating a more holistic approach to complex proglems in cardiovascular biology and medicine. Second, remarkable advances in molecular and cell biology have exponentially increased the ability of medical researchers to move knowledge of gene and protein functions from the bench to the clinical bedside. The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Biology Track provides graduate students with the knowledge and tools to investigate human biology and cardiovascular disease at the leading edge of medical research. The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Biology Track is built on the following course sequences: 1) basic cardiovascular science, 2)basic lymphatic biology, 3) pathophysiological mechanisms underlying cardiovascular disease processes and therapeutic strategies, 4) modern methods and techniques used to probe normal and abnormal cardiovascular function, and 5) computational systems analyses (biostatistics) involved in biomedical research.
    Track Curriculum (PDF)

  • Cell and Molecular Biology

    Research in this area spans a wide range of biological processes, from events that occur within the nucleus to those in the extracellular matrix. Individual research programs focus on understanding basic cellular mechanisms (i.e. DNA replication, transcription and protein sorting), molecules that control complex regulatory pathways (signal transduction, gene regulation, epigenetics, development and differentiation), and the molecular basis for cancer. Most faculty members belong to multi-disciplinary research groups affiliated with Texas A&M University, including Texas A&M interdisciplinary programs in genetics, neurosciences and virology.
    Track Curriculum (PDF)

  • Clinical and Translational Science

    The overall educational goal of this track is to prepare future biomedical researchers who can interact effectively with the spectrum of clinical providers and community members, and function efficiently within large research teams, either as members or as team leaders. The curriculum in this track is designed to provide a strong foundation in biological science along with activities that will encourage team-oriented projects, enhance communication between team members from different disciplinary backgrounds, develop leadership skills, and provide the foundation for broad understanding of pertinent scientific, medical, and regulatory issues.
    Track Curriculum (PDF)

  • Microbial Pathogenesis & Immunology

    This track is run through the Department of Microbiology Pathogenesis & Immunology. Much of the research in this group focuses on the interplay between pathogens and hosts. Considerable emphasis is placed on the infectious agents themselves (viruses, bacteria and parasites), including host recognition and invasion. The mechanism of action of toxins and pore-inducing proteins are highlighted. Research on host resistance/response pathways includes studies on cellular and humoral immunity. Cutting edge investigations in vaccine development and delivery provide strong clinical applications to this diverse pathogen research program. Other focal areas include molecular pathogenesis in cancer, including oncogene expression and angiogenesis.
    Track Curriculum (PDF)

  • Neurosciences

    This group embraces a number of diverse interests in the central and peripheral nervous systems, including gene expression, neurophysiology, neuropharamacology, neuroendocrinology and signal transduction. Faculty members make strong contributions to research in alcohol and drug abuse, circadian rhythms, neural development, and neurodegeneration. They belong to several research-oriented interdepartmental faculties affiliated with Texas A&M University, such as the Neuroscience and Toxicology Programs.
    Track Curriculum (PDF)

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