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Our Department's Research

Our research activities span a broad range of interests, from molecular biology of gene regulation and expression, to studies focused on neurodegenerative diseases, drug abuse and stress biology and autism spectrum disorders. We are proud that our research is supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and the American Heart Association and other public and private organizations.

Our post-doctoral fellows and faculty have numerous patent applications or disclosures in many growing fields of medical interest, including molecular diagnostics, gene therapy, nanotechnology, and anti-inflammatory therapy. In recent years over 70% of patent activities from the SOM Campus have involved members of our faculty. Other points of pride are SOM's Gene Therapy Center and the Molecular Marker/Proteomic Facility, which are housed within our department.


Our faculty and students are always at the forefront of research. Check out our most recent accomplishments and publications through SOM's Health Sciences Library.

Professional Development Workshops

For Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Research training for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the scientific disciplines are stepping stones on the path to professional careers in academia, industry, and public service. However, development of the workplace skills necessary for success as professionals in these arenas are often overlooked, yielding PhD’s who are well trained as research scientists but ill-prepared for work/life challenges that will be encountered beyond the bench.  In order to fill this gap and better prepare our trainees for professional life, GSBS together with the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience is sponsoring a series of workshops that are focused on the skill sets necessary for the successful navigation of career paths in science.

September 23, 2022

Jessika Zinskie, Ph.D. “How to build a strong, eye-catching, and powerful LinkedIn page: from a graduate student to a professor.”

March 3, 2023

Julia Jones, Ph.D. “How to get a position as a Scientific/Medical Writer after getting a Ph.D. degree”

April 14, 2023

Natalia Shcherbik, Ph.D. and Rachel Navarra, Ph.D. “How to get the most out of a scientific meeting? How to apply for travel awards?"

May 19, 2023

Gary Grover, Ph.D.  “Drug Discovery and Life in Pharma.”

September 22, 2023

Luke Chen, MD, Ph.D.: "Ph.D. scientists at the translational interface"

December 1, 2023

Barry Waterhouse, Ph.D.: "Career Advice and confession of Academic Scientist."