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

TBMH Program Co-Director

Steven Poelzing, Ph.D.
2 Riverside Circle
Roanoke, VA, 24016

Program Support

TBMH Graduate Program Coordinator

Jay Read, M.Ed.
1 Riverside Circle
Roanoke, VA, 24016

TBMH Education Support Specialist

TBMH Brochure