Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health

Choose from 6 Focus Areas

In their second semester, students begin to specialize in one of six scientific disciplines

    Choose from 6 Focus Areas

Choose from 6 Focus Areas

In their second semester, students begin to specialize in one of six scientific disciplines

    Choose from 6 Focus Areas

Contemporary Gateway Course

All students take a specially designed introductory course that will span molecules, physiological systems, populations, and policy, and will emphasize effective translational science

    Contemporary Gateway Course

New Medical Center in Roanoke, Virginia

The program leverages a recent $150 million investment in the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, expanding the training opportunities in biomedicine and health at Virginia Tech

    New Medical Center in Roanoke, Virginia

Interdisciplinary Faculty

Participating faculty from 17 departments across seven colleges

    Interdisciplinary Faculty

Competitive Student Support

The program provides $27,000 per year for student living expenses, plus tuition, fees, and health insurance

    Competitive Student Support
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Virginia Tech’s new Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health program is a research-intensive, multidisciplinary Ph.D. program in the biomedical and health sciences that emphasizes the concept of “translational science” across multiple levels of inquiry.  It brings together students from the life, behavioral, physical, engineering, and computational sciences to consider today’s major health challenges. 

Through an innovative interdisciplinary curriculum that is carefully designed to balance breadth and depth, this new program will prepare the next generation of scientific leaders to make and translate discoveries into preventions, diagnostics, treatments, cures and healthier behaviors. 

Program features:

  • Provides competitive student support of $27,000 per year, plus full tuition, fees, and health insurance
  • One degree-granting program, with six focus areas
  • Includes faculty from 17 departments across seven colleges
  • Leverages a recent $150 million investment in a new medical center
  • Brings together students from diverse backgrounds into one unique Gateway course
  • Students engage in three research rotations in their first year, before selecting a thesis mentor
  • Emphasis on individual professional development

Program Leadership

TBMH Program Co-Director

Audra Van Wart, Ph.D.
1 Riverside Circle
Roanoke, VA, 24016
avanwart@vt.edu

TBMH Program Co-Director

Michael J. Friedlander, Ph.D.
2 Riverside Circle
Roanoke, VA, 24016
friedlan@vt.edu