Our Ph.D. program in Medical Sciences provides advanced training with the goal of preparing students for research-based careers. Areas of in-depth study are driven by faculty research and encompass clinically related fields such as diabetes mellitus, obesity, immunology and infectious disease, oncology and other chronic health conditions.
The programmatic emphasis is on the pathogenesis of disease, biomarkers that can aid in diagnosis and treatment, evidence-based practice, and the underlying mechanisms of chronic illness.
Our students have access to state-of-the-art labs in the College of Health Sciences, as well as other labs and facilities in affiliated programs at the University of Delaware, the Delaware Biotechnology Institute and the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance.
They gain valuable research experience through involvement in federally funded research projects and interaction with a variety of interdisciplinary research groups.
Our researchers are faculty from across the university who have training and interest in the broad field of medical sciences. Check out the Faculty Research Interests page.
New knowledge on health, aging and chronic disease is continuously being generated and disseminated. Examples of current faculty research include the following:
- Development of new vaccines against bioterrorism organisms
- Assessment of biomarkers for complications of diabetes mellitus
- Interventions to improve function and physical activity in neurologically compromised adults
- The relationship between diet and chronic diseases
- Improved methods for non-invasive cardiovascular assessment
- Neural control of circulation, particularly during perturbations such as acute exercise
- Preventing and/or reducing adult obesity
- Influence of diet, environment, and psychosocial issues on brain function and behavior
- Mapping the connection between immunity and cancer
- Accuracy of blood pressure measurement procedures and devices
- Epidemiologic analysis of the social determinants of health
Along with in-depth, laboratory-based immersion, we provide our students with high-quality classroom-based instruction through a core curriculum, electives and seminars.
The Ph.D. in Medical Sciences requires a minimum of 47 credits including 9 credits of dissertation. The program is designed to be completed in four to five years. The 47 required credits are specified in the student’s plan of study and normally include the following requirements:
- Medical Physiology (3 credits)
- Cellular and Molecular Immunology (4 credits)
- Biostatistics (3 credits)
- Data Analysis and Interpretation (3 credits)
- Research (12 credits)
- Seminar (4 credits)
- Dissertation (9 credits)
- Electives (6 credits)
An applicant must have an advisor before being admitted. Review the research focus for each faculty member affiliated with this program, and then indicate in your Personal Statement why you think this advisor would be the best for your proposed studies.
Faculty Affiliated with the PhD in Medical Sciences Program:
- Medical Laboratory Sciences
- School of Nursing
- Behavioral Health & Nutrition
- Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
- Physical Therapy
Michelle Parent: Development of new vaccines against bioterrorism organisms
Arun Kumar: Nanotechnology in health and disease; tissue engineering
Huey-Jen Lin: Epigenetics and tumor microenvironments
Esther Biswas-Fiss: Analysis of functional consequences of genetic variation
Kathleen Brewer-Smyth: Dietary and environmental influences on brain and behavior
Ingrid Pretzer-Aboff: Independent functioning of neuro-compromised adults
Jillian Trabulsi: Nutrition and growth in healthy children and in children with chronic disease
Sheau Ching Chai: Foods preventing chronic diseases/condition; Nutritional lifestyle interventions
William Rose: Control of blood pressure and flow; mathematical modeling of circulation
Christopher Modlesky: Exercise, nutrition and bone/muscle/adipose development
William Farquhar: Cardiovascular physiology; Exercise physiology
Kathleen Matt, Dean: Development of new biomarkers for health and chronic disease
Thomas Buckley: Concussions/Mild traumatic brain injury
To receive more information check out the UD Graduate Office site.