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Vascular Biology

As part of the Vascular Biology PhD program, you’ll be guided by an international team of established, well-funded investigators. You will be trained using state-of-the-art equipment and novel techniques to better understand the mechanisms of disease and the development of new treatments.

Vascular biology students study the function of the cardiovascular system in health and disease, with research ranging from heart failure and kidney disease to acute lung injury and sickle cell disease.

By choosing to earn your doctorate in Vascular Biology from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, you’ll be joining the only program in the nation to have a formal center dedicated to vascular biology research.

Vascular Biology is for you if you consider yourself

Analytical and Strategic
Innovative and Cutting-edge



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What You'll Study


The multidisciplinary core curriculum provides a broad-based foundation of knowledge and cultivates critical thinking skills. Additional opportunities and upper-level courses build professional, educational, and leadership skills. 

Students complete three-semesters of core courses that integrate basic science principles at all levels. The courses include a combination of lectures and interactive seminars that focus on contemporary research topics by reference to the biomedical research literature. 

Curriculum | Admissions Criteria | Tuition and Fees | Application Deadlines

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Graduate School Advantage

Augusta University's graduate programs are among the best in the nation – and the world – and our graduate students are our most valuable assets. To ensure that our students earn more than a degree, the Graduate School offers a range of opportunities so they can develop the leadership, communication and personal skills needed for a rewarding life and academic, research or professional career.

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About the Graduate School

Experience-based Education

Outside the Classroom

Access to the world-class research technology available at Augusta University, including the Core Labs and shared research services, gives students the chance to make significant contributions to discovery and scholarship.

The Vascular Biology Research Seminar Series invites world-class researchers from across campus and across the nation to discuss the latest advancements in vascular research.

Augusta University is the primary healthcare-focused public research university in Georgia, and the program’s location on the Health Sciences Campus puts students at the heart of the university’s research enterprise.

Fellowship Success

The program has enjoyed 10 American Heart Association Fellowships and two NIH Predoctoral Fellowships in the last five years.

Unique Program

The Vascular Biology program at Augusta University is the only program in the nation to have a formal center dedicated to vascular biology research.

Financial Support

Students may qualify for financial support, including the NIH Predoctoral Training Grant in Integrative Cardiovascular Biology administered through the VBC and an American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship.


Accomplished Faculty

Internationally recognized faculty in cardiovascular and neuronal physiology conduct groundbreaking research in a collaborative and supportive research environment.

Your Future

Career Options

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for medical scientists is projected to rise much faster than average through 2031. In 2021, the median pay for a medical scientist was $95,310 per year.

Graduates of the program have gone on to careers at top level research institutions, the pharmaceutical industry, NASA and dental and medical schools.


Student Stories

The Vascular Biology Center has an excellent history of graduate students obtaining funding through predoctoral fellowships. It is highly collaborative and offers many unique opportunities to effectively prepare you for postdoctoral success.

Candee Barris


The Vascular Biology Center is fantastic with hosting events and celebrations to bring students and faculty closer. I was initially intimidated by many of my peers; however, this quickly changed with the incredibly welcoming and supportive environment the faculty work hard to foster.

Jaser Doja




Admissions Criteria at a Glance

GPA: Overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the Baccalaureate level calculated on all undergraduate work.

Degree Requirement: Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university.

Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Unofficial transcripts from US colleges and universities can be used in the admissions review process in lieu of official transcripts for this program.

Standardized Test Requirements: None are required for this program.

Letters of Recommendation: Recommendations from three individuals must be submitted through the application portal.

Resume: Applicants must submit a resume or curriculum vitae within the application portal.

Research Experience: Research experience is required for admission.  Applicants will provide a personal statement that includes a summary and description of your research experience in the application portal.

International Students: Please review the verification process for international transcripts and the english proficiency requirement.

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*Tuition & Fees listed here are for in-state students enrolling in the university for Fall 2024 semester.

Detailed Program Tuition Information

Please visit the Graduate School for detailed admission criteria and important application process information.

Application Deadlines

Fall '24 Early Deadline

  • December 1, 2023

Fall '24 Standard Deadline

  • December 15, 2023

Application fee waiver extended to Dec 15, 2023

Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.

All required application materials and documents must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made. The program does not accept applications after the published application deadline, however the program will continue to accept application materials up to 2 weeks after the application deadline.

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Learning Like No Other

Why Augusta?

Students will build leadership skills by regularly presenting their research data at national and international conferences.

Studying on Augusta University’s Health Sciences Campus puts students in the center of its biomedical research enterprise, with access to the Georgia Cancer Center, the Medical College of Georgia and the state’s only public academic medical center.

As a part of the Vascular Biology Center, you have access to the latest technologies and the support of established, well-funded investigators.

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