Basic and Translational Biomedicine


Research Track – Basic and Translational Biomedicine

Degree Offerings


The Ph.D. degree in Basic and Translational Biomedicine at NEOMED requires a total of 90 credit hours. All doctoral students in the program will be required to complete 30 hours of didactic study (22 hours of core curriculum and 8 hours of electives that support the research area), 30 hours of research and 30 hours of dissertation research, culminating in a written dissertation and dissertation defense.

MASTER OF SCIENCE (M.S.) – Research Thesis Track

The M.S. degree in Basic and Translational Biomedicine at NEOMED requires a total of 45 credit hours, including 23 credit hours of the core curriculum, 13 credit hours of research, and 9 credit hours of thesis research, culminating in a written thesis and thesis defense.

MASTER OF SCIENCE (M.S.) – Innovation Track

The M.S. degree Innovation Track in Basic and Translational Biomedicine at NEOMED requires a total of 30 credit hours, sharing 23 credit hours of curricular content with the M.S. Research Thesis track, including Research Methods, Statistical Methodology in the Biomedical Sciences, Responsible Conduct of Research, and research. Learn more about the Innovation Track and its curriculum.



The program aims to provide supplemental experiences and career development opportunities for current students. To this end, a formal partnership with Orange Grove Bio (OGB), a preclinical drug investment and development firm based in Cincinnati, Ohio, is established. This partnership provides graduate internships to BTB Ph.D. candidates, where they have the opportunity to work with OGB’s portfolio companies, gaining real-world knowledge and insight into the biotech industry by conducting due diligence and participating in the venture capital investment process. Additional opportunities exist for students to immerse in research-related clinical and translational activities within the regional health care systems that will help contextualize clinical translation of research. Together these immersion experiences hold high potential to lead to future employment for our students. In addition, speakers from across industry and health care are invited to meet with students as part of a seminar series to provide exposure to trending and non-traditional career pathways.

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions for the Basic and Translational Biomedicine program can be found in the current edition of the NEOMED Compass, the University’s Catalog and Student Handbook.



Each course in the program should help the student achieve the goals and objectives listed below:

Objective 1

Comprehensive knowledge of research science with expertise in one of NEOMED 6 research tracks:

  • Pharmaceutical Sciences: A thorough knowledge of the pharmaceutical sciences with research emphasis in a chosen area of expertise or specializations such as drug design and discovery, pharmaceutics (dosage form development, drug delivery and drug formulation), pharmacologic and toxicologic evaluation of drugs, disease mechanisms, and development/use of disease models for research.
  • Metabolic Disease: A thorough knowledge of metabolic-related disease, necessary to engage in hypothesis-driven research into the mechanisms of metabolic disease, diabetes, or obesity.
  • Cardiovascular Disease: A thorough knowledge of cardiovascular disease, necessary to undertake hypothesis-driven research into the mechanisms of heart disease, hypertension, stroke, and heart failure.
  • Skeletal Disease: A thorough knowledge of bone and tissue regrowth, necessary to undertake hypothesis-driven research into the mechanisms of debilitating conditions such as arthritis, cancer, osteoporosis and bone fractures.
  • Neurodegenerative Disease: A thorough knowledge of degenerative diseases of the central nervous system, necessary to undertake hypothesis-driven research into the mechanisms of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, glaucoma, and other neuropathies.
  • Auditory Neuroscience: A thorough knowledge of sensory processing, necessary to undertake hypothesis-driven research to elucidate neural circuits that contribute to auditory processing, and to understand how disorders such as hearing loss, tinnitus, or emotional dysregulation affect the auditory system and perception of speech and the world around us.

Objective 2

Training consistent with students’ career goals. This includes a focus on disease mechanisms and targets for therapeutic intervention.

Objective 3

A thorough knowledge of planning, organizing, and conducting independent research following the norms and standards of national research organizations, societies, government, and industry.

Objective 4

An ability to effectively communicate research findings to internal and external audiences, in oral and written form.

Objective 5

A thorough knowledge of methods to secure support and independent funding from government and private sources to conduct independent research.

Objective 6

A desire to remain immersed in the philosophy of life-long learning, and an appreciation of the importance to maintain and continually update their knowledge base.


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