Biomedical Engineering

The Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering is a joint venture by the Division of Biology and Medicine and the School of Engineering. The Program provides cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, graduate-level education at the interface of engineering, biology, and medicine appropriate for careers in academia, government, or industry. Students engage in broad opportunities across the Brown community, from the engineering/physical sciences through the life sciences on campus to the Warren Alpert Medical School and affiliated teaching hospitals. Degrees offered: ScM, PhD, MD/PhD

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Biotechnology

The Biotechnology graduate program is designed for students interested in a range of topics including drug and gene delivery, drug discovery and cell therapy. The educational objectives  are to promote an understanding of the designs and materials used in novel cell and drug delivery systems; the molecular, cellular, and animal sciences of drug discovery and drug development; and the development and testing of cell-based therapies for the treatment of diseases. Students have opportunities to intern at regional biotech companies and are prepared for career success in academia or industry. Degrees offered: AM, ScM, PhD, MD/PhD

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Computational Biology

The PhD program in Computational Biology is training the next generation of scientists who will develop and apply novel computational, mathematical, and statistical techniques to problems in the life sciences. The program is based within Brown's Center for Computational Molecular Biology, which is composed of scholars drawn from computer science, evolutionary biology, mathematics, and molecular and cellular biology. Students may also choose a biomedical informatics track within the computational molecular biology PhD program. Degrees offered: PhD, MD/PhD

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Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology

The Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology is for students who plan to pursue a career that includes research in the fields of ecology and environmental science, organismal biology, and/or evolutionary biology. Students may choose from an array of training partnerships that include computational molecular biology and biomedical engineering. Degrees offered: PhD, MD/PhD

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Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry

The PhD program in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental course of study that offers excellent preparation for a career that includes research in biological and medical sciences. Degrees offered: PhD, MD/PhD

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Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology

Our research mission is to discover new biomedical knowledge and to apply basic science insights to advance therapeutic strategies. Program faculty offer extensive experience in biotechnology and in the biomedical device industry, with research interests spanning from molecules to cells, tissues to organs to whole organisms. Degrees offered: PhD, MD/PhD

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Neuroscience

The Neuroscience PhD program promotes interdisciplinary research that crosses traditional discipline and department boundaries, while at the same time providing a strong foundation in the core concepts of neuroscience. Research in the program employs an impressive array of techniques and encompasses multiple levels of investigation from genes, molecules, and cells to neural networks, systems, and behavior. The program is affiliated with the Robert J. and Nancy D. Carney Institute for Brain Science at Brown, a world-renowned research center focused on accelerating discovery and finding cures for brain-related diseases. Degrees offered: PhD, MD/PhD

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Pathobiology 

Pathobiology is an interdisciplinary field devoted to basic research into the mechanisms of disease. PhD students can choose from four research and concentration themes: cancer biology, infection and immunity, toxicology and environmental pathology; and aging. Interdisciplinary work is encouraged with other graduate programs in the Division as well as other University departments. Degrees offered: PhD, MD/PhD

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Special Programs

Brown MD-PhD program

At Brown, we are training the next generation of physician-scientists who will advance translational research. Physician-scientists are uniquely positioned to take insights gleaned from their clinical work with patients into the lab, where they can pursue research directions that will have the greatest impact on human health.  Interested students need to apply to the MD-PhD program through the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown.  

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Brown-Pfizer Master of Arts in Biology

Brown University, in partnership with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in Groton/New London, CT, provides on-site, graduate-level courses for Pfizer employees who have completed their baccalaureate degree. Students are welcomed to enroll in individual courses of interest or to take a series of courses, and complete a research project, in order to fulfill the degree requirements. 

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5th-Year Master's Degree

The 5th-Year Master's Degree option allows Brown undergraduates to continue at the University for a master's degree after completing their bachelor's degrees.   Students must apply to one of the Graduate Programs in Biology for admission to the 5th Year Program.  Up to two courses of the eight required for the master's degree may be completed while the student is an undergraduate, but at least six semester courses must be taken while in residence.  

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