The mission of the Department of Biomedical Sciences graduate programs is to provide excellent academic programs that educate and train the next generation of scientists, educators, and health-related professionals through scholarship and research that fosters creativity, discovery, and community service.
The programs are flexible and cater for the needs and interests of individual students. Education is predominant through participation in research, taking advantage of opportunities for strategic collaboration between the basic and clinical sciences.
The research of the faculty covers a wide range of structure and functional biology including: design, chemical synthesis, theoretical and spectroscopic characterization of analogs of regulatory peptides; the role of peptides in the regulation of gastrointestinal and cardiovascular functions, regulation of bone cell differentiation and function; signal transduction in carcinogenesis; the regulation of gene expression; the engineering of allosteric RNA catalysts for regulation of mRNA splicing; the cellular and genetic basis for differentiation of the inner ear, brain, and cardiovascular system; comparative neuroanatomy; neurodegenerative disease; respiratory mechanics and control; arterioscleroitic and restenotic diseases; allergy; and environmental physiology. The Department encourages collaborative research interaction with faculty in the Departments of Pharmacology, Medical Microbiology & Immunology, Medicine and Surgery; the Osteoporosis Research Center, The Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Veteran's Administration Hospital.
The M.S. attests to competence in the theory and practice of advanced technology.
The Ph.D. signifies independence in a scholar who can design and execute an investigation to address a scientific hypothesis and communicate findings to peers and in the literature.