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Graduate Program In Life Sciences (GPILS)

The Graduate Program in Life Sciences (GPILS) offers cutting edge research training in basic, biomedical, clinical and population sciences. We offer seven Ph.D. granting graduate programs and four M.S. level programs.

Our graduate programs cover the entire range of biomedical research, from the basics of protein structure and molecular biology, through integrative systems physiology, virology and vaccine development up to behavior, cognition, population based genetics, and the impact of the environment on human health. Our programs place a special emphasis on the importance of translational research.

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Dissertation Defenses

Benjamin Emmanuel, PhD Candidate
Program in Epidemiology and Human Genetics
Wednesday, April 25th, 3:00 pm
IHV, Room N630
"The Distribution of Change over Time in Metabolic, Inflammatory, and Immune Paramters in HCV-monoinfected and HIV/HCV-coinfected Patients Cured of Hepatitis C Virus by Direct-Acting Antiviral Therapy"

Wan-wen Liao, PhD Candidate
Program in Physical Rehabilitation Science
Thursday, April 26th, 8:30 am
Allied Health Building, Room 211
"Optimizing Cortical Priming to Enhance Bimanual Arm Coordination in Individuals with Chronic Stroke"

Kara Moser, PhD Candidate
Program in Epidemiology and Human Genetics
Friday, April 27th, 12:00 pm
HSFIII, Room 1010
"Genomic Epidemiology of the Malaria Parasite Plasmodium falciparum: Implications for Whole-Organism Malaria Vaccine Development"

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Seminars

Monday, April 23rd, 4:00 pm
BRF 102
Host: Dr. Lin
"Bioinspired micro and nanoscale technologies for cancer investigation"
Xiaoming "Shawn" He, PhD, Professor
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
University of Maryland, College Park

Molecular Microbiology and Immunology Seminars

Wednesday, April 25th, 12:00 pm
HSFII Auditorium
"Innate Immunity in Neurodegeneration"
Marco Colonna, MD, Robert Rock Belliveau MD Professor
Department of Pathology and Immunology
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO

Wednesday, April 25th, 4:00 pm
Dental School Lecture Hall, Room G205
Department of Microbiology and Immunology's 24th Annual Edmond Goidl Immunology Lecture
"Innate Lymphoid Cells in Immunity"
Marco Colonna, MD, Robert Rock Belliveau MD Professor
Department of Pathology and Immunology
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO

Wednesday, May 2nd, 4:00 pm
HSFII Auditorium
"How Malaria and Malnutrition Predispose to Invasive Infections with Non-Typhoidal Salmonella"
Renee Tsolis, PhD, Professor
Medical Microbiology and Immunology
University of California, Davis

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University of Maryland School of Medicine, Graduate Program in Life Sciences
655 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

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Student Spotlight:

Meet Anicca Harriot

Harriot Anicca

‌Molecular Biology and Biochemistry PhD student, Anicca Harriot, decided at an early age that she wanted to be an astronaut and cardiovascular surgeon. When her father suggested that she one day study the heart in space, it ignited a passion that she would relentlessly pursue throughout her adolescence and into adulthood. At just 21 years old, Harriot has already interned at both NASA-Langley and Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. While pursing her doctoral degree full time, she also volunteers for the live web-series VanguardSTEM and the urban movement #popscope. Harriot hopes to one day be the first black woman to walk on Mars.  Read more about Harriot's journey.

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