About the Program
The MEDB program caters to MD/Ph.D. students, clinician scientists and PIBBS students interested in but not limited to the following fields: Immunology (including Cancer Immunology), Virology (including Cancer Virology), Microbiology, Physiology, and Pathology (Examples: Diabetes, Obesity, Autoimmunity, Infectious diseases, Gastro-Intestinal and Liver diseases, Heart and Lung diseases, Hypertension, Central Nervous System diseases, etc.).
MEDB Program Requirements
Degree Unit Requirement: 60 units
PIBBS Requirement: Completion of PIBBS required core curriculum (29 units)
Required MEDB Courses:
- INTD 574 – Systems Biology and Disease Seminar (1 unit) – every fall and spring semester
- MEDB 790 – Research (varies)
- MEDB 794ab – Doctoral Dissertation (at least 4 units)
Complete 8 units from the following:
- INTD 504 – Molecular Biology of Cancer (4 units)
- INTD 522 – Infection and Host Responses (4 unit)
- INTD 549 – Protein Chemistry Structure and Function (4 units)
- INTD 550 – Introduction to Pathology (4 units)
- INTD 551 – Pathobiology of Disease (4 units)
- INTD 572 – Systems Physiology and Disease I (4 units)
- INTD 573 – Systems Physiology and Disease II (4 units)
- Other courses may be allowed with consultation from the Director if they benefit the student’s research project
Students must pass both the written and oral portions of the qualifying exam during the second year of study. The written portion will require students to write a research grant proposal, in a format modeled after an NIH F31 fellowship application. The oral defense portion will include both a formal presentation of the grant proposal, as well as an open forum in which the guidance committee asks general questions related to the student’s research.
Each student’s research is reported in a dissertation written under the guidance of the student’s mentor and the dissertation committee. The dissertation must demonstrate the student’s capacity for independent research, scholarly achievement and technical mastery of a specific field.