Wayne State University School of Medicine
Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs

An Overview
Founded in 1868, the School of Medicine is the oldest college of Wayne State University.

The Mission of the school is to provide medical and biotechnical resources, in the form of scientific knowledge and trained professionals, so as to improve the overall health of the community. WSU students represent more than 20 different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. WSU has led the nation in graduating African-American graduate students exclusive of the historically minority schools. WSU School of Medicine is the country’s largest single-campus medical school. Wayne State University is a major urban research institution, and has been designated a Research/Doctoral University – extensive by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a designation given to only 4% of all US universities.

The Community
The Wayne State University-Detroit Cultural Center covers a six-block radius and includes Wayne State University, the School of Medicine, and the Detroit Medical Center. The Detroit Cultural Center includes the internationally renowned Detroit Institute of Art, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall, and numerous diverse cultural venues. Entertainment opportunities are available in the nearby theater district, including the Fox Theater, and at metropolitan outdoor music venues. New down-town stadium facilities provide an opportunity to enjoy professional sports year-round. The population of metropolitan Detroit is culturally diverse, resulting in a wide variety of ethnic restaurants and seasonal festivals and fairs. Cultural and dining opportunities are expanded by the fact that Windsor, Canada is across the Detroit River, just a few miles from campus. The Detroit River, Lake St. Clair, the great lakes, and the Metro Park system enhance opportunities for outdoor activities.

Programs of Study
Ph.D. trainees at WSU School of Medicine enter the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Science core curriculum involving IBS courses during the first two semesters. Students then select a dissertation advisor and matriculate into one Department/Program. These include: Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology, Cellular and Clinical Neurobiology, Immunology and Microbiology, Medical Physics, Molecular and Cellular Toxicology, Molecular Medicine and Genetics, Cellular and Molecular Pathobiology, Physiology, and Pharmacology. Students are responsible for the preparation of an approved dissertation proposal, dissertation research, and participation in journal clubs and seminars. Students are expected to present their research at meetings, publish their findings, and defend their dissertation research. Requirements for the doctorate emphasize an understanding of and competence in a field of knowledge, familiarity with cognate disciplines, facility in the use of research techniques, and responsibility for the advancement of knowledge. The meeting of the requirements for the doctorate is tested by examination and dissertation rather than by summation of grades and credits. The Ph.D. program consists of 90 credits: (1) 12 or more credits of coursework in the major (not including directed study or research credits) (2) at least one minor composed of six or more credits or an interdisciplinary minor consisting of a minimum of twelve graduate credits (3) up to forty-two additional credits of coursework, pre-dissertation research and directed study; and (4) thirty credits of dissertation direction.

Facilities and Resources
The headquarters of the Wayne State University medical campus is Gordon Scott Hall of Basic Medical Sciences. The 9-story facility contains three 300 seat lecture halls, two graduate seminar rooms, more than 300 research laboratories, academic offices for the basic science departments, and administrative and service areas. Campus facilities include the Shiffman Medical Library with more than 150,000 volumes, study space for 800 persons, and state-of-the-art computer facilities including the Center for Healthcare Effectiveness Research. Other major research buildings include the Lande medical research building housing 125 research laboratories and offices; the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development; the Louis M. Elliman Clinical Research Building; and the Hudson-Webber Cancer Research Center. The Ph.D.-training Departments/Programs participating in the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences curriculum have state-of-the-art equipment, technologies, and facilities that support research activities. Major shared facilities include molecular biology, supercomputer computation, X-ray crystallography, confocal scanning laser computerized microscopy, chemical analysis, flow cytometry and transgenic animals, as well as facilities of the Karmanos Cancer Institute and Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics (CMMG).

Expenses and Aid
The Wayne State University School of Medicine Graduate Programs are committed to providing the best graduate education and biomedical research training possible. As part of this pledge, qualified students pursuing the Ph.D. in the School of Medicine are offered substantial financial assistance. Applicants accepted into the IBS curriculum are awarded Graduate Research Assistantships. GRAs include a yearly stipend, full tuition, and medical and dental insurance. These assistantships will provide a $19,500 yearly stipend, which increases by $1000 upon advancement to Ph.D. candidacy. Students awarded assistantships can expect to receive full financial support until they complete the program provided they meet all requirements of the program. Training grants awarded to faculty provide support for highly competitive Ph.D. trainees. The cost of living in metropolitan Detroit is moderate by national standards, with housing in a wide price range. WSU has furnished and unfurnished apartments, and provides information to locate housing within commuting distance in the metropolitan area. Employment opportunities for spouses, particularly at WSU and the Detroit Medical Center, benefit from a strong, diverse local economy.

How to Apply
Qualified applicants must hold a bachelor's equivalent or higher degree from an accredited college or university. Competitive applicants should have a strong undergraduate background in the basic biological, chemical, and physical sciences. Evaluation for admission is based on academic achievement evidenced by an official transcript, GRE test scores, and letters of reference from three faculty involved in the applicant's educational experience. Evidence of research experience is desirable. Applicants must include a signed personal statement describing their reasons for applying, and interest in a specific Department/Program. Applications should be completed by February 1st. Domestic applicants are likely to be invited for an expense-paid interview on campus. Overseas applicants should apply early and are required to submit TOEFL test results.

Who to Contact
Graduate Programs
3270 Scott Hall
Wayne State University School of Medicine
540 E. Canfield Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48201

Cancer accounts for approximately 40 percent of the research at the School of Medicine, and 25 percent of the university’s research portfolio. In addition, Wayne State is the academic affiliate of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. The Karmanos Cancer Institute provides 40 percent of all cancer care in the city of Detroit via the Detroit Medical Center. It is one of only 32 federally designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country. The Karmanos Cancer Institute oversees more than 400 clinical trials, participates in a national program to collect and study cancer data for future research, and provides approximately half of all national statistics on cancer in African Americans. The WSU department of Obstetrics/Gynecology ranks among the top five in the country in terms of total funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The WSU department, clinically based at the Detroit Medical Center’s Hutzel Hospital, is known for developing the first in vitro fertilization program in Michigan in 1983, and more recently, for pioneering fetal surgery to treat birth defects in the womb, including the world’s first successful in-utero bone marrow transplant in 1995. In addition, the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development Perinatology Branch is based at the WSU department of Obstetrics/Gynecology. The school has a major program of emphasis in the neurosciences, including neurology, neurotrauma, neuromuscular and neurodegenerative diseases, vision sciences, neurobehavioral sciences, and neuro-imaging. WSU is recognized as a center of excellence for cardiovascular research and clinical services. Most recently, researchers were credited with breakthrough non-surgical procedures utilizing special balloons to enlarge narrowed heart valves. This follows a long history of pioneering advancements in cardiology made available at WSU.

Additional areas of research excellence include:
Cell Cycle Control
Cell-Cell & Matrix Interactions
Development: Biology & Neurobiology
Enzyme: Structure and Mechanism
Genomics: Structure, Function & Chromosomes
Genetic Basis of Human Diseases
Imaging: Cellular and Molecular
Cellular & Molecular Immunopathogenesis
Infectious & Host Mechanisms in Disease
Membranes: Biophysics, Transport & Resistance
Molecular & Cellular Mechanism of Diseases
Organ Systems: Mechanisms of Interaction
Proteins: Trafficking, Structure & Function
Receptors: Interactions & Regulation
Control of Signal Transduction Mechanisms
Therapy: Mechanisms
Genetic, Immunology & Molecular Toxicology,
Metabolic Mechanisms in Transcriptional Regulation
Vascular & Cardiovascular Physiology

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