Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases Graduate Program Track

Welcome to the CVMD Track 

Welcome to the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases track at the University of Toledo College of Medicine.

The Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases track in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Education program at the UT College of Medicine on the Health Science Campus nurtures students and provides them with the necessary tools to pursue an independent career in biomedical sciences.  The program encompasses a unique interdisciplinary approach to train students to conduct research in the underlying molecular mechanisms of diseases that have profound impact on human health.

The program draws on faculty research strengths in signal transduction, genetics, molecular and cellular biology, gene microarrays, genomics, proteomics, gene knockout and transgenics, tissue culture, and protein and carbohydrate biochemistry.  The CVMD faculty members are not only drawn from its associated department, the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and the Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Research (CeDER), but also from other departments including the Departments of Medicine, Biochemistry and Cancer Biology, Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Orthopedics, Neurosciences and Urology.  Modern, well-equipped research facilities are available through the participating departments.  The CVMD program offers degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and MS in biomedical sciences (MSBS).  The program also offers these graduate degrees in combination with the Medical Degree (MD) that is offered by the medical school.  Students from the four programs, PhD, MSBS, MD/PhD and MD/MSBS, follow a well-defined program that includes core courses, journal clubs, seminars, laboratory rotations, independent research, and electives in the area of interest.  Students select faculty advisors and begin their independent dissertation research following the laboratory rotations in the biomedical science core curriculum.  The curriculum is designed to enable students, guided by their advisors, to develop the expertise that prepares them for a successful career in research and education.

Financial support is available upon regular admission to every full-time doctoral student. Support includes a stipend and a tuition fellowship.

Research in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases at the University of Toledo College of Medicine encompasses a wide spectrum of topics including the following diseases:


  • Cardiovascular Diseases including hypertension, heart failure and ischemic heart disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetes, Obesity and Complications
  • Genetic diseases
  • Infertility
  • Musculoskeletal diseases
  • Renal failure

Internationally recognized faculty mentors (Faculty Research Interests) in these areas are well-funded by extramural granting agencies.  Modern research laboratories in the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases track are well-equipped to apply state-of-the-art technologies to the study of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

Please email questions, comments and suggestions to Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases track director, Dr. Andrew Beavis.

Check out the Biomedical Sciences Program recruiting video on You-Tube.

Last Updated: 6/19/15