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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 PhD granting graduate programs and four MS 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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June 3, 2020

UM School of Medicine's Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science Receives Endowment Gift from Pivot Health Solutions; Will Advance Research and Train Next Generation of Scientists in Physical Rehabilitation

February 25, 2020
Washington Post Visits UM School of Medicine Laboratories, Meets with Scientists About Coronavirus

February 19, 2020
Researchers Identify Pathway for Cell Regulation of Energy Production

January 15, 2020
New Nanoparticle Therapy Appears More Effective Than Standard Therapy at Treating Aggressive Breast Cancer

January 9, 2020
UM School of Medicine Research Shows Less Severe Cases of Diarrheal Illness can Still Lead to Child Deaths, Even Weeks Following Onset of the Illness

November 20, 2019
Two UM School of Medicine Experts Receive Prestigious 2019 Bailey K. Ashford Medal for Distinguished Work in Tropical Medicine

March 28, 2019
12th Annual Dr. Aaron I. Grollman Visiting Professorship in Basic Sciences Lectureship Features Dr. Eva Harris


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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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Dissertation Defenses 

Amber Plante - Molecular Medicine - Thursday, January 21, 2021

Blaine Jacob Dow - Biochemistry & Molecular Biology - Friday, January 22, 2021

Student Spotlight:

Meet Christian Kinney

In May, Molecular Medicine Ph.D. student, Christian Kinney, participated in The Grid Pitch where he presented his drug platform, "Therapy X."  "Therapy X" is a ground-breaking drug platform for the treatment of chronic illnesses that typically require multiple injections.  Find out more about "Therapy X" and Kinney's entrepreneurial experiences here on the UMB campus.

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