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Molecular Physiology of the Cardiovascular System

Houston, Texas

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Molecular Physiology of the Cardiovascular System
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Molecular Physiology of the Cardiovascular System

The Molecular Physiology of the Cardiovascular System training program is a multi-disciplinary training program for pre and postdoctoral trainees.

Mission and objectives of the program

The MPCS program exists to provide pre- and postdoctoral students with outstanding training in cardiovascular physiology. Cardiovascular disease remains the primary cause of morbidity and mortality in the developed world. There continues to be a need for outstanding scientist-educators to increase our basic understanding of cardiovascular disease. In particular, there is an emerging need to train scientists to conduct translational research. To facilitate this training process, our training program brings together faculty from various basic science and clinical departments thereby providing trainees with mentors and role models in translational research.

Collaborative and interdisciplinary nature of the MPCS program

The entire training program is interdisciplinary in nature, with faculty from seven basic science and nine clinical departments at Baylor College of Medicine and affiliate local institutes in the Texas Medical Center (Rice University, Texas A&M, Methodist Hospital). Each trainee will have a primary mentor (the PI of the laboratory), and one or two associate mentors In the case of predoctoral trainees, one of the associate mentors will also serve on the thesis advisory committee.

Areas of Research

Associate mentors will have expertise in the same thematic area, and may provide unique perspectives to the trainees professional development (e.g., clinical research experience, engineering background, etc.). Our expanded program is centered around 4 thematic areas:

  • Electrophysiology & excitability,
  • Development and stem cells,
  • Stroke and cerebrovascular disease, and
  • Tissue engineering and novel therapeutic strategies.

Internationally recognized experts on each of these themes participate in the expanded MPCS training program. This continued evolution of training opportunities is a direct result of the research achievements of the program’s training faculty and the intellectual environment of Baylor College of Medicine and affiliated institutions in the Texas Medical Center, ensures that our program will continue to yield high-quality scientist-educators

Selection process

Graduate students are eligible for the MPCS program after their first year of study. Postdoctoral trainees are eligible upon admission. Program directors will solicit nominations from the training faculty and the chosen candidates will submit a curriculum vitae and a brief summary outlining the rationale and specific aims of their proposed research and their relevance to the goals of the training program. The primary faculty mentor for a candidate will submit a letter of support outlining the training potential of the candidate, current progress of the research. Further letters from secondary mentors or members of the student’s thesis committee (in the case of a predoctoral student) is recommended.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy - from the BCM Graduate School Policy Handbook...

Baylor College of Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences admits students of any race, sec, sexual orientation. Color, national ethnic origin, disability or age to all the right, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, color, national or ethnic origin, disability or age, in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school school-administered programs.

Susan L. Hamilton, Ph.D.
Program Director

Mary Dickinson, Ph.D.
Xander Wehrens, M.D., Ph.D.

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