The Vascular Biology program is based in an interdisciplinary research center, the Vascular Biology Center, that includes core and associate faculty members from many clinical and basic science departments on campus. Research projects encompass studies ranging from the molecular and genetic level, to the regulation of cellular processes, to multi-cellular and organ system regulation, as well as to human studies. Research interests include topics related the permeability function of the retinal microvasculature, responses of endothelial and smooth muscle cells to injury, growth and proliferation of vascular cells, endothelial dysfunction in hypertension and cardiomyopathy, roles of vasoactive mediators in mammalian cell function, and signal transduction in vascular endothelial cells.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is offered in the following biomedical science
majors: Biochemistry and Cancer Biology, Cell Biology and Anatomy, Genomic Medicine,
Molecular Medicine, Neuroscience, Oral Biology, Physiology, Pharmacology, and Vascular
Biology. Outstanding areas of research in these programs include cancer biology,
neurological diseases, cardiovascular diseases, obesity/diabetes and inflammation/infection
to name a few. These and other areas of exciting biomedical research are available
to pursue as a graduate student in these programs. Application to the biomedical sciences Ph.D. programs are through a common admissions
process and not to a specific major. First year students complete a set of core courses, specialized courses and laboratory
rotations before selecting a major.