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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

Danille Abraham, PhD Candidate
Epidemiology and Human Genetics
Friday, March 16th, 9:00 am
660 W. Redwood St. HH Room 450
"Differences in Parkinson Disease Presentation and Progression by Sex and Reproductive Health Characteristics"

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Seminar

Monday, March 26th
4:00 pm BRF 102
Host: Dr. Drohat
"New roles for lysine methyltransferases in genome regulation and cellular stress responses"
Erin M. Green, PhD, Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences, UMBC

Monday, April 2nd
4:00 pm BRF 102
Host: Dr. Medved
Title TBA
Toni Antalis, PhD, Professor
Department of Physiology, UMSOM

Molecular Microbiology and Immunology Seminars

Wednesday, March 21st
4:00 pm HSFII Auditorium
"How Herpes Simplex Virus Navigates a Hostile Environment to Establish a Lytic Infection"
Sandra Weller, PhD, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and Chair
Department of Molecular Biology and Biophysics
University of Connecticut, School of Medicine

Wednesday, March 28th
4:00 pm HSFII Auditorium
"Mining the Host Metabolic Response to Infectious Diseases"
John T. Belisle, PhD, Professor and Associate Department Head for Research
Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology
Colorado State University

Wednesday, April 4th
4:00 pm HSFII Auditorium
"Yersinia pestis: Pathogenesis and Vaccine Development"
Patricia Worsham, PhD, Microbiologist
U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease

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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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Alumni Highlights

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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