News & Events



At the USF Morsani College of Medicine Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, we are committed to supporting our students and faculty with a myriad of educational, community-building, and recreational events. This graduate and postdoctoral News & Events page is designed to help you keep up with the latest student events, activities, and news happening within the Master’s and PhD communities.


The Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs and offices across the USF campus host a variety of events every semester for current and prospective students. 

  • Open Houses & Recruitment Events

    Prospective students are invited to meet us and learn more about our programs at these upcoming events. 

    Medical Science Pre-Professional Program (MSP3) Open House

    Please join us on campus at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine to hear more about our pre-professional program, and have all of your questions answered! No RSVP required. Click here for a map of USF Health. 

    Open houses begin at 4:30 PM. 

    Thursday, September 26 - MDL 1003B
    Thursday, October 24 - MDN 1096B
    Thursday, November 14 - MDN 1096B
    Thursday, December 5 - MDL 1003B

    Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)

    Join us in Anaheim, CA for this year's ABRCMS! The PhD Program in Integrated Biomedical Sciences will be represented by our faculty, students, and administrators to answer any questions you may have about our program. 

    November 13-16
    Booths 515 & 517

    For more details about the conference, including the exhibition schedule, visit ABRCMS 2019.

  • Workshops & Other Events

    No events currently scheduled. 

  • Seminars

    Faculty and students present their current research projects.

    Bioscience Seminars

    Bioscience seminars have concluded for the Spring term. They will resume in Fall. 

    STRAP-Mediated Oncogenic Signaling in Colorectal Cancer: A Targeting Opportunity
  • AMSGS Events

    Join our student organization for a variety of upcoming social and professional development events. 

    Student Development Events

    No events currently scheduled.

    Journal Clubs

    Journal clubs provide students with the opportunity to practice their public speaking skills and prepare for CQEs and defenses by presenting their research (or a piece of work they find interesting) to fellow students.

    Journal Clubs are held from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM in MDL 1031 unless otherwise noted. 

    No Journal Clubs currently scheduled. 


  • Defenses & CQEs

    Defenses and CQEs are open to the public. 

    Dissertation Defenses

    Upon successful completion of a dissertation defense, these students will graduate with a PhD in Medical Science.

    Tuesday, August 20 - Andrew Koutnik

    Targeting Cancer-Anorexia Cachexia Syndrome and Septic Inflammatory-Based Atrophy With R/S 1,3-Butanediol Acetoacetate Diester

    Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology
    10:30 AM
    MDL 1003B

    Friday, August 23 - Jay Lockhart

    Design & Delivery of Synthetic mRNA by a Peptide Nanoparticle

    Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology
    10:00 AM
    MDN 2002

    Comprehensive Qualifying Exams

    No CQEs currently scheduled. 

    Fall 2018 CQEs

University News

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Program News

Dr. Derrick Rowe and Dean Michael TengThis summer, Dr. Derrick Rowe visited USF for Career Pathways. 

Career Pathways provides Medical Science graduate students with opportunities to learn about various career paths that they may wish to pursue after graduation. Dr. Rowe graduated from the Department of Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology at USF, where his research focused on developing alternative therapies for the treatment of ischemic stroke. He is now a registered patent attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on patent prosecution and counseling designed to help clients protect their intellectual property rights.

View photos from the event here

four students with two dogs

Before finals week, the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs hosted two certified Therapy Dogs from Pet Partners to provide a little stress relief for students and staff! 

See the photos here