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Affiliated Interdisciplinary Programs

​The faculty members of the Department of Biomedical Sciences participate in several interdisciplinary programs, which can be quite confusing to applicants. Applicants often don’t understand how these programs relate to each other or whether to apply to these programs directly or apply to these programs indirectly through Biomedical Sciences. This page is designed to clear up some of this confusion. As a general rule, while the research in the Department of Biomedical Sciences encompasses many areas, it can be reduced to three primary areas: cardiac physiology, animal reproduction, and neurobiology. Brief explanations and links to affiliated interdisciplinary programs are below:

Programs to Which One Can Apply Through Biomedical Sciences

 The Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory (ARBL) is both a facility on our foothills campus which houses faculty members and their laboratories from three different departments and an interdisciplinary, non-degree granting program focusing on research, teaching and service in the area of reproductive biology of domestic animals. Interested applicants do not apply directly to ARBL, instead they apply to one of the affiliated departments (Biomedical Sciences, Animal Sciences, or Clinical Sciences), depending on the departmental affiliation of the faculty member with whom the applicant would like to study.

The Equine Reproduction Laboratory (ERL) is part of ARBL. The ERL is home to our graduate program in equine reproduction, an internationally renowned program consisting of clinical service, education and research. It is a non-degree granting, interdisciplinary program with participating faculty members from three departments: Animal Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, and Clinical Sciences. To apply to the graduate program in equine reproduction, applicants may apply to either the Department of Biomedical Sciences or the Department of Animal Sciences (as a general rule, applicants may only apply through the Department of Clinical Sciences if they already possess a DVM). Both departments direct applications to the same admissions committee for consideration.

Programs to Which One Can Apply Through Other Departments

Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) is an interdisciplinary, degree granting program (offers both MS and PhD degrees) with faculty participants from thirteen departments, including Biomedical Sciences. Areas of research in CMB include: cancer biology, infectious diseases, metabolism, neuroscience, plant biology, gene expression, reproductive biology, and structural biology. CMB has its own application process and deadlines, so please contact Lori Williams with any questions.

Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Neurosciences (MCIN) is an interdisciplinary program with faculty participants from ten different departments, including Biomedical Sciences. Areas of research include: neuronal differentiation, degeneration, regeneration, ion channels and membrane physiology, synaptic mechanisms, and cognitive neuroscience. It is designed to allow first year PhD students interested in the neurosciences to rotate in three different participating research laboratories while completing required coursework. MCIN does not grant a degree, and at the end of the first year, students select a home laboratory and transfer into the corresponding department to continue their PhD studies. MCIN has its own application process and deadlines, so please contact Nancy Graham.

The School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME) is an interdisciplinary, degree granting program (offers both MS and PhD degrees) with faculty participants from thirteen different departments, including Biomedical Sciences. Areas of research include: regenerative and rehabilitative medicine, imaging and diagnostics, and medical devices and therapeutics. To further compare and contrast Biomedical Sciences with Biomedical Engineering, visit this link. SBME has its own application process and deadlines, so please contact Sara Neys with any questions.

The DVM/PhD Program is a 7-year course of study leading to both a PhD and a DVM degree. There is a well-documented need for veterinarians trained to carry out high quality biomedical research in academic, government, and industry settings, and the goal of this program is to help meet that need. These students are engaged in a broad array of basic and translational research in all four departments of the College (Biomedical Sciences; Clinical Sciences; Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences; and Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology). The DVM/PhD program has its own application process and deadlines, so please contact Dr. Anne Avery with any questions.