PhD in Biomedical Sciences

The PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences at HWCOM aims to bridge basic sciences and medicine, fostering research to discover and advance medically relevant knowledge and leads to improvements in the quality of life for future generations.

The program aims to develop the ability of graduate students to apply research skills from bench to bedside, and to translate fundamental discoveries into new treatments for human diseases. The advantages of pursing a PhD in Biomedical Sciences at HWCOM include participation in cutting-edge biomedical research, close interaction with clinical and basic science faculty, and preparation for careers in academia, medical research, and biomedical and biotechnology industries. Another distinctive feature of the PhD program is that graduate students and medical students sit side-by-side in introductory basic sciences courses, participating in an interdisciplinary model of education.

The PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences admits students only in the fall term. Visit the FIU University Graduate School website to apply.

Key research areas:

Translational Glycobiology and Functional Glycomics. The Translational Glycobiology Institute at FIU (TGIF), a first-of-its-kind research center, is focused on conducting glycoscience studies and forging clinical collaborations to rapidly translate basic findings to human application.

Environmental Science and Toxicology. Research focuses on arsenic detoxification mechanisms.

Immunology and Neurological Disorders. Research focuses on developing an innovative technology that combines gene editing with targeted drug delivery and controlled release of therapeutic cargo to eliminate latent HIV infection, treat drug addiction, and treat other central nervous system diseases.

Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. Research focuses on microbial dysbiosis (disruption of microbiomes), antimicrobial resistance, identification of novel antimicrobials, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa physiology, and pathogenesis.

Drug Discovery and Nanotherapeutics. Research focuses on the applications of nanotechnology to state-of-the-art treatments of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and HIV/AIDS.

Genetics and Cancer Biology. Ongoing studies concern with defining genetic factors involved in progression of fibrotic, cardiovascular diseases, bone development, cancer and metabolic abnormalities.

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Odalys De La Rosa

Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St., AHC2 690
Miami, FL 33199