Graduate Program in Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine

About Us

The interdepartmental Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine Graduate Program at Baylor College of Medicine is a new complementary approach to train individuals in translational biology and promote collaborations between clinical and basic science faculty.

The program aims to develop a new workforce with firsthand experience in translational research and leadership training to serve as catalysis to move discoveries effectively between bench and bedside.

What is Translational Biology?

  • Experimental nonhuman and nonclinical studies conducted with the intent of developing principles for the discovery of new therapeutic strategies.
  • Clinical investigations that provide a biological foundation for the development of improved therapies
  • The definition of guidelines for drug development or for the identification and validation of clinically relevant biomarkers
  • Any clinical trial initiated in accordance with the above goals
  • Basic science studies that define the biological effects of disease pathogenesis and therapeutics in humans

Program Goals

  • Continue advances in basic and clinical science with individuals capable of integrating diverse areas.
  • Provide interdisciplinary training and leadership qualities that utilize the problem solving abilities of teams.
  • Ensure that bidirectional transfer of information between “bench” and “bedside” occurs.
  • Instill the power of current basic science and encourage the formulation of challenging questions based on bedside observations.
  • Educate on the cell and subcellular levels and familiarize researchers with integrated organ system function and disease processes.
  • Train researchers how to move the development a promising therapeutic intervention beyond Phase I testing.