About us

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our program. The interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health (TBMH), is a new degree being offered by the Graduate School at Virginia Tech beginning Fall 2014.

In contrast with traditional degree programs, it will not be delivered by a single department or college, but rather through a collaborative effort from faculty across 17 departments and seven colleges, located in both Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia. This “Faculty of Health Sciences,” organized by the Associate Provost for Health Sciences, Dr. Michael Friedlander, is dedicated to advancing human health through basic and applied research. As such, many faculty also participate in centers committed to health-related research efforts, in diverse areas such as vector-borne disease, obesity, addiction, drug discovery and regenerative medicine.

Participating colleges include:
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • College of Engineering, including the Virginia Tech Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
  • College of Natural Resources and Environment
  • College of Science
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Faculty

TBMH students will receive instruction and mentorship from the field’s leading scientists. Many of our faculty hold leadership positions in professional organizations, are members of grant review panels at the National Institutes of Health and the Nation Science Foundation, and serve as journal editors. Our faculty also are invited speakers at national and international conferences, publish in high quality journals, and have won numerous honors and awards. They participate in the TBMH graduate program, in addition to departmental-based graduate education and research programs, because of their enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring students. They will take a team teaching approach toward instruction of the core coursework, and encourage both active learning and teamwork.

Research at Virginia Tech

According to the National Science Foundation annual survey of over 900 institutions, Virginia Tech continues to rank in the top 5 percent of colleges and universities in research and development expenditures. The university received almost $300 million in grant awards in FY2012, and over $450 million in research expenditures over that same year. Virginia Tech is ideally positioned to train the next generation of translational scientists to fulfill the innovative, interdisciplinary, and collaborative research needs of the future, as it merges strengths in the life sciences, social sciences, bioinformatics, and engineering, with an expanding biomedical and health research enterprise. This includes a recent $150 million investment in the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, located in Roanoke, Virginia. 

Students have the opportunity to participate in research rotations with three different research groups before selecting a thesis mentor, and may select from participating faculty at Virginia Tech’s facilities in Blacksburg or Roanoke. The two campuses are conveniently interconnected through a free university shuttle system with onboard wireless internet, as well as via the Smart Way Commuter Bus. Both locations also utilize state of the art interactive videoconferencing technology to assist with multi-site course instruction and student thesis committee meetings, as well as for transmitting visiting guest lectures and seminar series between campuses.

We encourage prospective students to learn more about the program.

Program Leadership


TBMH Program Co-Director

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


TBMH Program Co-Director

Steven Poelzing, Ph.D.
2 Riverside Circle
Roanoke, VA, 24016
poelzing@vt.edu


Program Support


TBMH Graduate Program Coordinator

Jay Read, M.Ed.
1 Riverside Circle
Roanoke, VA, 24016
jayread@vt.edu


TBMH Education Support Specialist

Liza Spradlin
1 Riverside Circle
Roanoke, VA, 24016
lizaas14@vt.edu


TBMH Brochure