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Cardiovascular Sciences

Robert Mallet, PhD, Graduate Advisor
Research and Education Building 302
Phone: 817-735-2080

Graduate Faculty: Borejdo, Caffrey, Cammarata, Cunningham, Dillon, Dimitrijevich, Dory, Downey, Forster, I. Gryczynski, K. Gryczynski, Gwirtz, Hodge, Jones, Koulen, Lacko, Ma, Mallet, Mifflin, Olivencia-Yurvati, Prokai, Raven, Shi, Singh, Smith, Yang

Cardiovascular disorders, including atherosclerosis, ischemic heart disease and stroke, are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. Efforts to define the mechanisms of cardiovascular diseases and to develop effective treatments for these diseases are at the forefront of academic and pharmaceutical industry research. The graduate training program in Cardiovascular Science is designed to foster development of a comprehensive understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of the heart and cardiovascular system, and to facilitate development of technical proficiencies and communication skills essential for successful careers in this dynamic field.

Students will train under the direction of a full complement of faculty renowned for their expertise in cardiovascular physiology, pathology, pharmacology, proteomics, endocrinology, cellular signaling, metabolism and molecular biology. State-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation are available at the Health Science Center to conduct research over the full spectrum from molecules to human subjects. The combination of advanced coursework and laboratory training will establish the foundation enabling the scholar to formulate, conduct and publish focused, cutting-edge research. Graduates of the Cardiovascular Science program will be thoroughly prepared to pursue rewarding, productive careers in cardiovascular research.

Advancement to Doctoral Candidacy

Qualifying Examination

Prior to registration for Grant Writing (BMSC 6310), and before completion of 72 SCH of course work, doctoral students are required to pass an oral qualifying examination. The examination will be administered by an examining committee comprised of program faculty, which will not include the student's mentor. The examination may address all aspects of cardiovascular science, including physiology, pathology, cell and molecular biology and pharmacology of the cardiovascular system, and, in addition, assess the student's research skills and aptitude.

Grant Writing (6310)

After passing the qualifying examination, the student must register for Grant Writing (BMSC 6310) in the next long semester. In this course, students are required to submit an NIH-style grant application to their Advisory Committee. The grant application will describe the student's dissertation research project, and will serve as the student's dissertation proposal. Following a public, oral presentation of the research proposal in the grant application, the student will defend the grant application and research proposal before his/her advisory committee. Upon approval of the grant application and the research proposal, the student is advanced to candidacy.

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