Ph.D. in Medical Science Overview
The Ph.D. Program in Integrated Biomedical Sciences (PPIBS) offers students an outstanding educational and training environment that facilitates their development as independent academics, scientists and biomedical researchers. The integrated program provides students with a diverse array of academic courses, research opportunities and exposes students to a talented faculty with a broad array of research interests. Participating faculty are primarily drawn from departments in the College of Medicine, including Molecular Medicine, Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Otolaryngology, Pathology and Cell Biology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. Affiliated institutions include the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, the James A. Haley and Bay Pines V.A. hospitals and the USF Center for Biological Defense.
Faculty expertise and laboratory facilities are available in all of the main subject areas in the biomedical sciences including anatomy, biochemistry, cancer biology, cell biology, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, neuroscience, pharmacology and physiology. The College of Medicine offers over 150 graduate courses that provide exceptional learning opportunities.
Collaboration among laboratory scientists of all disciplines is encouraged. The programs of study allow students to tailor their programs to individual needs and interests. Thanks to faculty research awards, students have a multitude of opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research projects. Medical Science Ph.D. graduates go on to become deeply involved in research sponsored by academic, industrial and government institutions. Candidates for the Ph.D. in Medical Science enter into an integrated program enabling them to major in one of the following concentrations:
The study of how the immune system functions properly to rid the body of foreign pathogens and how the immune system can go awry in autoimmunity. The process by which microbes interact with the host to cause disease is also a focus of this program.
The study of bacteriology, biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology and virology as it relates to human health and disease such as allergy and immune dysfunction, cancer, cardiovascular disorders, infectious diseases and inheritable defects.
Areas of research include atherosclerotic coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, diseases of the heart muscle, electrical disturbances of the heart rhythm, high blood pressure, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.
The study of the nervous and cardiovascular systems and related disorders, including Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders, cardiovascular disease and stroke, diabetes, and neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression and drug addiction
Areas of expertise include biochemistry and cellular and molecular neuroscience, neural systems and computational neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, developmental neuroscience, neuroimmunology, and neuropsychopharmacology, among others.
The study of cancer, reproductive pathobiology, neurological disease & injury and related diseases, including cancer biology, angiogenesis and morphogenesis, gene discovery, neurobiology, cell biology and new educational technologies.
Students are free to study under the mentorship of graduate faculty conducting research in the following institutions:
- University of South Florida's College of Medicine
- H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
- James Haley Veteran's Hospital
- All Children's Hospital
- Tampa General Hospital
This website is intended as a quick policy guide for navigating the Ph.D. program. The information and procedures described in the website are subject to change and may vary according to the specific program requirements for each of the various concentrations. We recommend that you use this website as an initial reference tool.