Molecular Medicine Graduate Program Track

Welcome to the Molecular Medicine Track

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The Molecular Medicine (MOME) track in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Education program at the UToledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences 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.

Formerly called the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases (CVMD) track, the Molecular Medicine (MOME) track is affiliated with the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology.

The program on the UToledo Health Science Campus draws on the following faculty research strengths:

Faculty Research Strengths:
  • Physiological ‘-omics’  of complex traits
  • Systems biology
  • Model organism genome editing, including CRISPR/Cas9 technology
  • Metabolism
  • Microbiotal and immunological contributions to precision medicine
  • Cardiac, vascular and renal physiology and pharmacology
  • Endocrinology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Reproductive physiology
  • Skeletal physiology
 

The MOME faculty members are from its associated department, the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, which includes the Center for Hypertension and Precision Medicine (CHPM)  and the Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Research, but also from other departments including the Departments of Medicine, Orthopedics, and Urology. Several faculty members are thought leaders of reputed National and International organizations such as the American Physiological Society, American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, American Society of Nephrology, etc.

The MOME program offers degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Masters of Science 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, electives in the area of interest as well as custom-designed leadership development activities.  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.

Research in the MOME tract encompasses a wide spectrum of topics including but not limited to the following diseases:

Spectrum of topics:
  • Cardiovascular disease including:
    • Hypertension
    • Endothelial dysfunction
    • Heart failure and ischemic heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity and complications
  • Genetic diseases
  • Immune mechanisms of disease processes
  • Infertility
  • Renal failure
  • Gastrointestinal inflammation and its relationship to the GI microbiota and bone metabolism
 

Beavis

Andrew Beavis, Ph.D.

Professor
MOME Track Director
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology  

Last Updated: 4/26/19