Clinical Science PhD Track

The Clinical Science PhD Track of the Biomedical Sciences PhD Program was introduced in 2013 to provide opportunities for veterinarians with an interest to conduct research in translational medicine. Students in the program typically focus on naturally occurring disease models of companion animals (cats, dogs, and horses), to study spontaneous rather than experimentally induced models of diseases. These spontaneous models permit the study of how such factors as genetics, age, and environment impact disease development. Since naturally occurring spontaneous animal diseases mimic those occurring in humans, study of these diseases represent a One Health approach to biomedical research. Examples of naturally occurring disease models in companion animals include cancer, heart valve disease, kidney and liver failure, diabetes mellitus and obesity.

The overarching goal of the Clinical Science PhD Track is to develop the next generation of clinician scientists. Clinician scientists trained in this program will be prepared to join universities or biomedical research companies and use their clinical and research experience to make important contributions to human and veterinary medicine. Individuals completing clinical residency programs are encouraged to apply and PhD students on this track can combine graduate studies with short periods on clinics. Graduate students work with research teams composed of clinicians and basic scientists from other departments and schools. A DVM degree or equivalent is required for entry into the Clinical Science PhD Track.

The program includes research in cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hepatology, infectious disease, nephrology, nutrition, and regenerative medicine. Visit the Department of Clinical Sciences web site for more information about the faculty and their research interests. The list of potential mentors for this program includes, but is not limited to Drs. Lluis Ferrer, Nicholas Frank, Lisa Freeman, Andy Hoffman, Mary Labato, Elizabeth McNiel, and Cyndie Webster.