Molecular Medicine

The Molecular Medicine concentration in the PhD Program in Integrated Biomedical Sciences is focused on interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the molecular basis of disease, providing you with a fundamental understanding of biochemical and genetic principles basic to pathophysiological processes. In this program, you will examine molecular mechanisms that underlie the cellular aberrations in clinical disorders and incorporate fundamental principles learned in coursework to medical research. The mission of the Department of Molecular Medicine is four-fold: 1) to discover, apply and disseminate knowledge of the basis of health and disease, 2) to translate this knowledge into innovative tools for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease, 3) to train and mentor future scientists and health care professionals, and 4) provide a collegial and scholarly environment where students, faculty, and staff thrive. 


In addition to the coursework required for all students in the PhD Program in Integrated Biomedical Sciences, students will take courses in their chosen concentration.


  • BCH 6627 Molecular Basis of Disease
  • GMS 7939 Graduate Seminar

Sample of Electives

  • BCH 6746 Structural Biology
  • BSC 6886 Fundamentals of Structural Bioinformatics
  • GMS 6706 Basic Medical Neuroscience
  • GMS 6735 Neuroanatomy
  • PCB 6230 Cancer Biology I

Faculty & Research

Current research interests include: 

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Cellular Immunology
  • Protein Intrinsic Disorder
  • Signal Transduction/Cancer Tumor Virology

Learn more about our faculty and their research here

Affiliated Institutes & Facilities

Children’s Research Institute
Neuroscience Institute
Center for Drug Discovery & Innovation
James A Haley Veteran's Hospital

Concentration Spotlights


PhD student looks at research posterThis Spring, the Department of Molecular Medicine hosted a retreat at the Patel Center for Global Solutions. The event provided faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to listen to scientific talks and explore research posters, as well as network with colleagues.

Click here to view more photos from the retreat. 


Isaac Raplee presents his poster at Research Day

2019 - Isaac Raplee received the USF Health Dean’s Interdisciplinary Research Award at USF Health Research Day

Recent Publications

  • Shi Y, Parag S, Rekha P, Lui A, Murr M, Cai J, Patel N. Cell Chemical Biology. Stabilization of lncRNA GAS5 by a Small Molecule and Its Implications in Diabetic Adipocytes. 2019 Jan 17.
  • Gonzalez VJ, Abbas-Aghababazadeh F, Fridley BL, Ghansah T, Saligan LN. Biol Res Nurs. Expression of Sestrin Genes in Radiotherapy for Prostate Cancer and Its Association With Fatigue: A Proof-of-Concept Study. 2018 Mar;20(2):218-226. doi: 10.1177/1099800417749319. Epub 2018 Jan 11.
  • Huard DJE, Crowley VM, Du Y, Cordova RA, Sun Z, Tomlin MO, Dickey CA, Koren J 3rd, Blair L, Fu H, et al. Trifunctional High-Throughput Screen Identifies Promising Scaffold To Inhibit Grp94 and Treat Myocilin-Associated Glaucoma. ACS Chem Biol. 2018 Feb 20. doi: 10.1021/acschembio.7b01083. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29402077.
  • Insight into the Roles of E3 Ubiquitin Ligase c-Cbl, ESCRT Machinery, and Host Cell Signaling in Kaposi's Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus Entry and Trafficking. Kumar B, Roy A, Veettil MV, Chandran B. J Virol. 2018 Jan 30;92(4). Review. PMID: 29167336

More Information

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Please note, students do not apply directly to a concentration. Interested students should submit an application for the PhD in Medical Sciences. Concentrations are typically selected during the first year of study.