Once you have matriculated through GPiBS, you will differentiate into one of the following programs.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology The department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology provides outstanding training options in the molecular basis of genetic, metabolic, viral, bacterial, and parasitic diseases. Research topics include macro-molecular structure, glycobiology, human genetics, transcription regulation, vascular biology, signal transduction, and intracellular trafficking.
The Department of Cell Biology emphasizes molecular approaches to understanding basic cellular and organismal function. Current projects include developmental biology, retinal biochemistry, gene regulation, neurobiology of sensory systems, autonomic and cardiovascular pharmacology, nerve regeneration, wound regeneration, cell differentiation, vascular biology, and cell signaling mechanisms.
Microbiology and Immunology The Department of Microbiology & Immunlogy offers graduate training in the areas of microbial infectious diseases, molecular and cellular immunology, microbial genomics/proteomics, structural biology, and virology.
The Neuroscience program emphasizes a multi-disciplinary approach to understand the structure and function of the normal and diseased nervous system. The diversity of research represented in this program spans three focus areas: molecular neuroscience, systems neurobiology, and functional neuroscience.
Pathology is the study of disease. It includes studies of structural, genetic, biochemical or molecular alterations of cells, tissues, organs or model systems thereof. Departmental faculty are nationally recognized experts working at OUHSC and/or OMRF. Research programs include cancer biology, inflammation, intracellular trafficking, neuropathology, autoimmune diseases, vascular biology and hemostasis. In addition to basic science faculty, our clinical faculty actively engage in clinical or translational research and participate as collaborators in relevant studies.
The Physiology graduate program provides comprehensive training in integrative biological sciences. The tools and techniques of physiology are incorporated with those of other disciplines to conduct research at the molecular, cellular, and whole animal levels. Current research opportunities include the areas of visceral dysfunction, pain processing in the nervous system as well as gene expression and protein processing in neurodegeneration, cell death, cancer, inflammation, and lymphatic physiology.