College of Medicine and Life Sciences Graduate Programs

Overview: Biomedical Science Program

The University of Toledo offers research-intensive Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Biomedical Science in five 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).


This track offers three graduate degrees. Bioinformatics is the use of computer-based approaches to recognize and make use of relevant patterns in complex biological data, such as human genome DNA sequences. For the MSBS in Bioinformatics and Proteomics/Genomics, students learn how such analyses are carried out, culminating in a research thesis. The second degree is a Professional Science Master's (PSM) in Biomarkers and Diagnostics, in which there is an industrial internship in place of a research thesis. Finally, by completing four core courses students can earn a Certificate in Bioinformatics and Biomarkers. Graduates of the master's programs have entered doctoral or professional degree programs, or have joined biotechnology firms, while students earning the Certificate (usually during their Ph.D. studies) report that they have obtained better postdoctoral opportunities as a result.

The Track Director is Dr. Robert M. Blumenthal, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology (, 419-383-5422).

Molecular Medicine

The Molecular Medicine (MOME) track is affiliated with the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. The MOME track provides 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 a profound impact on human health.

The Track Director is Dr. Andrew Beavis, Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology (, 419-383-4125).

Medical Microbiology and Immunology

The Medical Microbiology and Immunology 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).
The Co-Track Director is Dr. Jason Huntley, Associate Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology  (, 419-383-5456).

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.

Dr. David Giovannucci, Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Neurosciences, 419-383-5004.

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Last Updated: 2/12/20