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Translational Biomedical Science

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Rubens Sautchuk Junior discusses his work with fellow peer, Jishyra Serrano

The PhD Program in Translational Biomedical Science

Translational Biomedical Science takes basic science and turns it into ideas that will improve the health of our nation. Through this cutting-edge program, the University of Rochester is preparing people for academic, government, private sector or clinical careers that will change lives in extraordinary ways.

The PhD Program in Translational Biomedical Science is focused on creating a new kind of investigator—one who has a much broader view. A flexible curriculum in basic, translational and population health sciences and a dual mentoring approach for dissertation research make it a uniquely powerful way to prepare the research leaders of tomorrow.

What makes our program different

Our program has been thoughtfully designed to provide you with the most effective learning environment. Whether you want to work on new vaccines, develop smartphone apps for mobile health, or engage international communities, you will learn the skills you need to make an impact.

  • We are global. The program is embedded with a range of global and community health opportunities that help bridge basic and population sciences that serve real communities and their needs, including local and global Deaf communities.
  • A true multidisciplinary program. Our students work with world-renowned scientists from a variety of specialties and highly diverse backgrounds.
  • Tailored to your needs. Together with program co-directors, you design your program of study—both didactic coursework and research—to fit your research interests and career goals.
  • Mentor approach. To provide a broader perspective on how your research can be applied to the world, our program uses a dual mentoring model. Select a primary and co-mentor, one each with expertise in basic or population/clinical/translational science from the School of Medicine or Arts, Sciences and Engineering.
  • Survival skills for research. You will learn what it takes to survive and thrive in an academic environment, such as how to write grants, give presentations, how to write and review manuscripts, and how to find postdocs and jobs after graduation through career development programs offered in the Center for Professional Development and URBEST program.
  • We are diverse. In 2017-2018 academic year, over 56% of the TBS students represent diversity in culture, race and ethnicity, including >8% of our students identifying as culturally Deaf with ASL as their native language. We support and advocate for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing trainees in the TBS PhD program, as well as in other PhD programs in the School of Medicine & Dentistry at the UR to foster an all-inclusive training environment.

Do you want to translate basic science and clinical observations into ideas that change lives? The PhD Program in Translational Biomedical Sciences will give you the education, skills and confidence you need.

To learn more, fill out our Inquiry Form today.

A Safe, Welcoming and Supportive Environment for Graduate Study

We encourage students to investigate the academic and social climate in which they will be working. We recognize that recent allegations and an independent investigation may have raised questions about choosing the University of Rochester for your graduate studies. The University is deeply committed to providing a safe, inclusive and supportive learning environment for graduate students. We are taking steps to further strengthen that commitment.

  • The CARE network—our nationally recognized program for expressing concern about any person, incident or issue in the University community and getting support to address it—serves all graduate and post-baccalaureate students as well as University undergraduates.
  • Our Ombudsperson Program for graduate students and postdoctoral appointees adds a layer of confidential and independent support for discussing any concern and also for reporting inappropriate behavior.
  • The Office for Inclusion and Culture Development promotes diversity and is tasked with ensuring that policies and practices to support learners are clear, consistent, and communicated effectively across all medical center education programs.

Our goal is to provide a first-class research and training environment in which faculty, learners and staff are united by mutual respect and the love of science. You’ll see this in Dean Mark Taubman’s response to the independent investigator’s report and the welcome message from Richard Feldman, interim president designate for the University. Find more resources and information on this website or talk to your program representative if you have questions.