The MD-PhD is a Physician Scientist training program that includes two years in pre-clinical medical training, followed by graduate training in one of UofL's basic research departments, and two years of medical rotations for clinical training.
The PhD can be earned from any of the basic research departments in the School of Medicine: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Anatomy & Neurobiology, Microbiology & Immunology and Physiology & Biophysics. Arrangements can be made in special cases to design a program based in one of the degree-granting programs located at UofL's Belknap Campus.
A wide variety of research experiences are available in top-flight research laboratories. The small size of the program ensures great flexibility in designing a research program and access to the best laboratories on campus.
The School of Medicine has entered a phase of dynamic growth stimulated by the addition of space in two new state-of-the-art research buildings and the recruitment of a new generation of endowed research professors through Kentucky's Bucks for Brains program, with a commensurate growth in research funding.
The school has targeted multiple areas in molecular medicine and biotechnology for scientific excellence, including therapeutic oncology and tumor cell biology, cardiovascular disease research, transplantation and immunology, neurobiology, aging, ophthalmology and visual sciences, and contemporary issues in public health and bioethics. Our scientific investigators are working to develop new strategies to combat common diseases in our society, such as breast and lung cancer, sickle-cell anemia, AIDS, diabetes, digestive diseases, paralysis caused by spinal-cord injury, and childhood academic problems caused by sleep disorders. New multidisciplinary centers have been established to study and identify mechanisms to decrease heart damage after a heart attack and to support cardiovascular function with internal artificial hearts and stimulate spinal cord regeneration with neural stem cells. UofL also has a prominent team researching the genetics of aging using microarray technology and an internationally recognized group pioneering environmental cardiology.
More information about UofL's Research Centers and Institutes is available on the Health Sciences Center web site.
For more information, contact:
Binks Wattenberg, PhD
Director, Md/PhD Program
Email Dr. Wattenberg