University of Maryland Baltimore

Graduate School

Molecular Medicine


800 W. Baltimore Street

Room 216

Baltimore, MD 21201

United States


(410) 706-8492


(410) 706-4225

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D.- Molecular Medicine

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Graduate Program in Molecular Medicine at the University of Maryland Baltimore offers an interdisciplinary program of study and research that provides students with the knowledge and research skills required for a successful research career in the biomedical sciences. The over 170 faculty in the Program are internationally recognized for their research into a wide range of biological questions highly relevant to human health.

The Program in Molecular Medicine has 3 interrelated research tracks:

Cancer Biology - This training program is designed to provide a broad understanding of the molecular, genetic, cell biological and pathophysiological aspects of cancer as well as the current state of clinical cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Genome Biology - This program offers training in the rapidly-evolving area of next-generation DNA sequencing and bioinformatics as applied to human health and disease.  Faculty interests include the genomics of cancer, genomics of human health and applications to personalized medicine, genomics of the microbiome, evolutionary and comparative genomics and the genomics of model organisms.

Molecular Physiology & Pharmacology - This training program offers the opportunity to elucidate the molecular and physiological basis of health and various human diseases as well as mechanisms that integrate gene function and the development of drug and molecular therapeutics.

Our Program combines traditional areas of biomedical study, including Molecular and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Pathology, Pharmacology and Physiology into a unique interdisciplinary research and graduate training program that is ideally suited for developing scientists of the post-genomic era. Built into the program are mechanisms to ensure that our graduates are effective communicators, good public speakers and proficient writers.

Our integrative, progressive curriculum is nationally recognized and our students' learning experiences and outcomes are enhanced by our use of technology.  Currently we are engaged in an iPad pilot program that is helping to reshape the ways in which we communicate, collaborate and interact in the classroom.

Our student researchers have access to a faculty comprised of world renown researchers who's appointments stretch across all of the University of Maryland's departments in the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and the many research centers and institutes on campus including the Institute for Genome Science, the Institute of Human Virology, the Marlene and Stuart Greenebaum Cancer Center, the Center for Vaccine Development, the Center for Vascular and Inflammatory Diseases, and the Center for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. Our unique, geographic proximity to the NIH, NSF, FDA, other government agencies and a thriving Biotech corridor provides our students with networking, career development and collaborative opportunities that are found nowhere else.

Currently, the stipend amount for 1st and 2nd year students is $26,000. That amount increases to $27,000 once a student passes his or her qualifying exam and advances to candidacy.  This typically occurs before the start of a student's 3rd year.

Separate from the stipend support provided are the benefits of complete tuition remission and coverage of student health insurance. This benefit package represents a cash value of nearly $11,000.00 a year that is, again, provided in addition to the annual stipend.

Financial support is ensured for the duration of time required to complete the Ph.D., which typically takes 4 to 6 years.

We invite you to take some time to explore our websites, engage us with your questions and "ask around". You'll soon find out why our student researchers thrive in the lab, publish, obtain their own grants and go onto successful careers in research, government, pharma and bio-tech, consulting, R & D, scientific journalism and more.


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Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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