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UNC Graduate Training Program in Translational Medicine


Please Note New Submission Deadline: July 1st, 2020

The UNC Graduate Training Program in Translational Medicine invites applications from Ph.D. candidates at the end of their 1st or 2nd year of graduate school. The goal of the Program in Translational Medicine is to prepare graduate students to work effectively in a clinical environment on translational research. Students who participate in and successfully complete the required program activities will be eligible to receive a Certificate in Translational Medicine from UNC concurrent with the completion of their Ph.D. from one of the 15 PhD programs associated with the BBSP program.

Certificate Requirements:

  • Students must be rising second or third year trainees in a PhD-granting program UNC and be pursing a dissertation project in translational research. A clinical co-mentor is required. Preference will be given to those working in direct collaboration with a clinician-scientist.
  • Course work: Molecular and Cellular Pathophysiological Basis of Disease (PATH 713-716, two semesters, with labs). Students can also take the comparable pair of courses offered by the Cell and Molecular Physiology Department CBPH 852-853 or NUTR 600 and 620
  • 75% attendance at monthly “Lunch and Learn” seminars during year 1 and 2 in the program
  • Participation in monthly closed door Translational Medicine seminar series.
  • Participation at the annual Translational Medicine Symposium.
  • Undertake a multi-year clinical exposure with their co-mentor, relevant to their research project. Five hours per month during the first two years in the program is suggested.

Application Requirements:

  • From the Student:
    1. Curriculum Vitae or resume
    2. 1-page description of the intended translational research project. Preliminary data is expected of applicants at the end of their second year, but is not required for applicants at the end of their first year.
    3. 1 page description of clinical exposure plan taking into consideration the clinical co-mentor’s clinical duties and the trainee’s interests. (On average, we suggest five clinical exposure hours per month during the first two years in the program.)
    4. Short description (not more than 1/2 page) of career interests and reason for interest in the certificate
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation:
    1. From the Ph.D. Mentor: A letter describing how the proposed project will prepare the student to interface with clinicians in their research, and the mentor’s commitment to requirements of the program.
    2. From an additional faculty member who knows you well, such as a committee member or undergraduate research advisor
    3. From the Clinical Co-mentor: A letter describing relationship to the mentor and the research project and commitment to provide the student with appropriate clinical exposure.

Deadline: July 1st, 2020.

Please submit applications to Patrick Brandt (

For more information about the application process or the program in general, contact Dr. Patrick Brandt, Program Coordinator (919.843.9342,


Alisa Wolberg, PhD

Jen Jen Yeh, MD

Patrick Brandt, PhD