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.
2020 - Roukiah Khalil was selected for the USF Signature Research Doctoral Fellowship as well as the Edith Wright Hartley scholarship. She also received the USF Federal Credit Union Best Cancer Biology Poster Award at USF Health Research Day.
2020 - Karthick Mayilsamy received the Chih Foundation Research and Publication Award; his research focus is drugs
that treat brain
inflammation and significantly increase the efficacy of the stem cell therapy
in traumatic brain injury.
2020 - Michael Sacco received the Chih Foundation Research and Publication Award. His research focuses on main
protease (Mpro) and the prevention of SARS-CoV-2 replication and was featured in Science Magazine.
2019 - Ashley Lui received the award for Molecular and Cellular Biology Research at USF Health Research Day
2019 - Michael Kemp received the Department of Energy Science Graduate Student Research Fellowship for Argonne National Lab.
- Vander Velde R, Yoon N, Marusyk V, Durmaz A, Dhawan A, Miroshnychenko D, Lozano-Peral D, Desai B, Balynska O, Poleszhuk J, Kenian L, Teng M, Abazeed M, Mian O, Tan AC, Haura E, Scott J, Marusyk A. Resistance to targeted therapies as a multifactorial, gradual adaptation to inhibitor specific selective pressures. Nat Commun. 2020 May 14;11(1):2393. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-16212-w. PMID: 32409712; PMCID: PMC7224215. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32409712/
- Das M, Mayilsamy K, Mohapatra SS, Mohapatra S. Mesenchymal stem cell therapy for the treatment of traumatic brain injury: progress and prospects. Rev Neurosci. 2019 Nov 26;30(8):839-855. doi: 10.1515/revneuro-2019-0002. PMID: 31203262. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31203262/
- Ma C, Sacco MD, Hurst B, Townsend JA, Hu Y, Szeto T, Zhang X, Tarbet B, Marty MT, Chen Y, Wang J. Boceprevir, GC-376, and calpain inhibitors II, XII inhibit SARS-CoV-2 viral replication by targeting the viral main protease. Cell Res. 2020 Aug;30(8):678-692. doi: 10.1038/s41422-020-0356-z. Epub 2020 Jun 15. PMID: 32541865; PMCID: PMC7294525. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32541865/
For information about the PhD Program in Integrated Biomedical Sciences, contact 813-974-2836 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.