College of Medicine Graduate Programs


The University of Toledo offers research-intensive Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Biomedical Science in four concentrations or tracks:

Cancer Biology - The Cancer Biology track takes an integrated approach to training the next generation of cancer researchers by developing both depth and breadth of knowledge in cancer biology.  Through course work aimed at understanding the molecular nature of cancer and mentored thesis research in cancer biology disciplines, graduates will be equipped with both the scientific expertise and cutting edge research skills to make important contributions in the fight against a disease that affects the lifespan and quality of life of millions of individuals.  The Track Director is Dr. Kandace Williams, Professor of Biochemistry & Cancer Biology and Associate Dean for College of Medicine & Life Sciences Graduate Programs (, 419-383-4135).

Molecular Medicine - The Molecular Medicine track trains students to conduct research on the genetics and pathophysiology of diabetes, obesity, fatty liver disease, infertility, and cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension and atherosclerosis.  The track emphasizes the use of genetically engineered rodents as a first step toward translating basic science research to the clinic. By fostering research on these diseases, which constitute the major causes of death in the US, this track prepares its graduates for active and independent research careers.  The Track Director is Dr. Andrew Beavis, Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology (, 419-383-4125).

Medical Microbiology and Immunology - The Infection, Immunity, and Transplantation track provides students an education and training in the microorganisms that are relevant to human health and in the immune system that allows us to overcome infection as well as rejects transplantation of organs and tissues.  Faculty members study individual microbes (bacteria, viruses, or fungi), with particular emphasis on their biology, evolution or pathogenic mechanism; the autoimmune diseases of asthma, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis; and the development, differentiation and activation of the innate and adaptive immune systems.  The Track Director is Dr. Z. Kevin Pan, Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology (, 419-383-5466).

Neurosciences and Neurological Disorders - The Neurosciences and Neurological Disorders track emphasizes training in both basic and translational neuroscience.  Students gain hands-on experience using a variety of state-of-the-art cellular/molecular biological, neuroanatomical, and physiological approaches to investigate fundamental questions relating to synaptic function, neuronal signaling, and development and plasticity of the nervous system.  Areas of study emphasize both normal function in the nervous system and the basis of neurodevelopmental disorders and neurological diseases. Students are prepared for an independent career in neuroscience research through advanced courses in the neurosciences complemented by active participation in faculty-mentored laboratory research.  The Track Director is Dr. Nicolas Chiaia, Professor, Department of Neurosciences (, 419-383-4506).

Last Updated: 6/9/16