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Graduate student
Gabriella Carrillo is a Ph.D. Candidate working in the Fox Lab. She was among the first research team to describe how the common Toxoplasma gondii parasite prompts the loss of inhibitory signaling in the brain by altering the behavior of nearby cells called microglia.

The Research Team Leaders at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute also serve as thesis mentors to Ph.D.-level graduate students at Virginia Tech. Candidates interested in carrying out thesis research with investigators at the institute should consider applying to Virginia Tech's Master's and Ph.D.-level program in Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health, or one of Virginia Tech's departmental-based graduate programs

Master's of Science Degree Program

Students pursuing a M.S. must earn a minimum of 38 credit hours beyond the B.S. degree.  Students will engage in research throughout both years in the program, while completing most of their core coursework by the end of year 1. Students will take an intensive “Gateway” course in semester 1, where they will learn the fundamentals of biomedicine, physiological systems, and translational science. They will then select a focus area in semester 2 and take two intensive “Fundamentals” courses (4 credits each) covering in depth the fundamentals of that focus area, with heavy emphasis on translational exemplars and case studies. Students will continue a core curriculum in parallel with their focus-area-specific coursework, which includes professional development, ethics, and statistics, as well as program retreats and presentations. In total, students will take 24 credits of core coursework, 3 credits quantitative requirement, and a minimum of 11 credits of thesis research. Learn More

Doctoral Degree Program

Students pursuing a Ph.D. will earn a minimum of 100 credit hours beyond the B.S. degree. Students will engage in research rotations in year 1, while completing most of their core coursework, and will commit to a thesis research lab at the end of year 1. Students will take an intensive “Gateway” course in semester 1, where they will learn the fundamentals of biomedicine, physiological systems, and translational science. They will then select a focus area in semester 2 and take two intensive “Fundamentals” courses  (4 credits each) covering in depth the fundamentals of that focus area, with heavy emphasis on translational exemplars and case studies. Students will continue a core curriculum in parallel with their focus-area-specific coursework, which includes professional development, ethics, seminars and scientific analysis, as well as program retreats and presentations. In total, students will take 31 credits of core coursework, 3 credits quantitative requirement, 3 credits of free electives, and 63 credits of dissertation research. Learn More

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine offers students a variety of advanced degree opportunities. VTCSOM students may now enroll in the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health M.S. and Ph.D.-level training programs.

Students with questions directly related to the Translational Biology, Medicine and Health programs are encouraged to contact Veronica Van Montfrans, Ph.D. Students considering a transition out of the medical doctorate program of study are encouraged to talk with Aubrey Knight, M.D. about other potential degree options available.  

 

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute Laboratories