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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 three 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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February 25, 2021

UM School of Medicine Researchers Participate in Landmark Study Detailing Sequencing of Full Human Genomes to Better Capture Genetic Diversity

February 10, 2021

UM School of Medicine Researchers Release Extensive Data on Rare Variants through NHLBI TopMed Grant

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

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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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How To Apply

Open 2023 Applications: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology MS - All Applicants: May 1; Cellular and Molecular Biomedical Science MS - Priority & International Applicants: March 15, All Other Applicants: May 1; Epidemiology & Clinical Research MS - Priority Applicants: March 1, All Other Applicants: May 15

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Dissertation Defenses 

Ashley Marquardt - Neuroscience - Tuesday, April 11

Franklin Kay Ning - Molecular Microbiology and Immunology - Tuesday, April 11

Marisa McGrath - Molecular Microbiology and Immunology - Friday, April 14

Lead by Jessica A. Mong, PhD

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Assistant Dean for Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholars
Professor, Department of Pharmacology
685 West Baltimore St, HSF I 580-I
Baltimore, MD 21201

Student Spotlight:

Meet Emily Smith

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Emily is this year's University of Maryland Founder's Week Student of the Year. As a PhD candidate in the Molecular Microbiology and Immunology program, she works in the lab of Dr. Eileen Barry in the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health. Besides her work in the lab, she devotes her time to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion amongst members of the university and Baltimore community.

The Graduate Program in Life Sciences is proud to have her as one of our students!

More information on Emily's accomplishments and work in the UMB community can be found here.

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