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Affiliated Research Programs

One of the major strengths of the University of Utah is a robust and diverse research community. Collaboration has created a close community of faculty and students, a community invested in student success. Multiple programs and departments are affiliated with the Bioscience PhD Programs through this collaborative environment as well as several certificate programs graduate students can complete during their training.

Neuroscience PhD

Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Interdepartmental program that uses multidisciplinary approaches that draw from electrophysiology, molecular biology, genetics, behavior and cognitive neuroscience

Tracy Marble, Academic Program Manager


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MD-PhD Program

Designed to provide an outstanding education for students who want to develop skills that will prepare them for a career as a physician scientist.

Janet Bassett, Program Manager


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Summer Programs in Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

SPUR provides undergraduate
students with an intensive 10-week
research experience under the
mentorship of a University of Utah
faculty member. SPUR emphasizes a
cohort experience with other SPUR
Research opportunities are available
in a variety of disciplines. No
previous college coursework or
previous research experience is

Megan Shannahan, Office of Undergraduate Research


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Genomics Summer Research for Minorities (GSRM) Internship

"The Genomics Summer Research for Minorities (GSRM) internship at the University of Utah, offers a ten-week summer research opportunity for undergraduate students interested in genomics research, bioinformatics and biosciences. The paid internship provides students with placement in world-class genomics research groups, tailored mentorship, professional development workshops and access to state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

Gloria Slattum, PhD, Program Coordinator

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School of Biological Sciences

Molecular, Cellular and Evolutionary Biology

The MCEB program focuses on how complex biological systems emerge from molecules, cells and genes – the fundamental units of life. Fields strongly represented within MCEB are molecular and cellular biology, developmental biology, Mendelian and quantitative genetics, evolutionary biology and biological diversity, biochemistry, neurobiology, and microbiology.

Shannon Nielsen, Graduate Program Coordinator

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Biomedical Informatics, Ph.D.

The mission of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah is to improve health outcomes through information systems (including health, economic, and satisfaction results for consumers and providers) in both the private and public sectors of the healthcare and public health systems.

Barbara Saffel, Academic Program Manager

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Professional Masters of Science and Technology

Biotechnology Track

Understanding biochemical, genetic, and molecular aspects of biotechnology is paramount in guiding the future of the industry. Biotechnology is a rapidly expanding field with opportunities in a wide range of industries including healthcare, pharmaceutical, food, agriculture, and consumer products.

Derek Payne, Program Coordinator

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Nutrition and Integrated Physiology

The rigorous program trains research scientists and academic scholars on the fundamentals of translational bioscience, enabling them to take research findings from bench-to-bedside.

Sarah Elizabeth Levitt, Program Coordinator

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Immunology, Inflammation, & Infectious Disease (III) Initiative

The Immunology, Inflammation, and Infectious Disease (III) Initiative at University of Utah Health was formally established in 2017 on the premise that a better understanding of the three "I"s will fundamentally change the way we think about disease.

Link to all III Faculty

Nicole Frank, PhD, MSTP, Associate Director, III Initiative

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Nanotechnology Training Program

Nanotechnology Training Program Certificate

The Nano Institute of Utah provides an organization wherein scientists, engineers and clinicians from across the University, the State and elsewhere work together to attain global recognition by conquering interdisciplinary challenges in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The Institute enables Utah researchers from disciplines such as chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, medicine, and pharmacy to create synergistic alliances to drive higher levels of collaborative research, education and commercialization.

Ruby Steele, Program Coordinator

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 Genome Sciences

Genome Sciences Program

Genome Sciences Program Certificate

The goal of the Genome Sciences (GS) Program is to train the next generation of investigators to integrate genomics with biological and clinical research. Genome sciences merges functional genomics and translational biology to investigate biological systems at all levels of complexity.

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Bioinformatics Certificate

The Certificate Program allows students to gain a broad background in core Informatics issues, as well as more specialized knowledge in sub-domains such as bioinformatics, public health informatics, clinical information systems and medical imaging. Individual programs of study allow for further specialization and development of knowledge in related fields.

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Med-into-Grad program

The Med-into-Grad program at the University of Utah provides didactic coursework and clinical mentoring to PhD students and leads to the MSCI (Masters of Clinical Investigation).
Med-into-Grad activities and mentoring are integrated seamlessly with department-based requirements in order to provide comprehensive medical science education that will assist pre-doctoral students at each step of their graduate work, from classroom studies and thesis research, to developing long-term lines of investigation with an eye to translation and relevance to human disease.

Students should be a current PhD graduate student in the Colleges of Science, Medicine, Pharmacy, or Engineering, or the School of Medicine. They must have completed their first year of graduate school, have identified their thesis mentor, and have a strong interest in pursuing translational research during and following graduate school.

Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)

Ruben Rocha,

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Last Updated: 10/23/18