Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine Theme

Theme Director: Yabing Chen, PhD
Theme Associate Director: Robert van Waardenburg, PhD

Theme Information

Pathobiology & Molecular Medicine (PBMM) is one of eight interdisciplinary PhD themes within Graduate Biomedical Sciences (GBS). Students select a theme upon application but have access to faculty and courses from across GBS, allowing for flexibility in both research and academics.

PBMM provides our graduate students the broadest training within the emerging and exciting field of molecular medicine. We have a flexible, didactic, integrated educational program directed by faculty with diverse research interests ranging from molecules to whole organisms and disease processes to new therapies.


Prospective students should visit the GBS Admissions page for information on admissions requirements, application deadlines, and how to apply.

Financial Support

All students accepted into GBS programs receive a competitive annual stipend and fully paid tuition and fees. Single coverage health insurance is also provided at no cost to the student. Please reference the GBS Financial Support page for further information.


Lab Rotations3
Lab Rotation 1
Lab Rotation 2
Lab Rotation 3
Core Courses7
Core Concepts in Research: Critical Thinking & Error Analysis
Basic Biochemistry and Metabolism
Basic Genetics and Molecular Biology
Basic Biological Organization
Module Courses8
Nerves, Muscles and Bones
Heart, Lung, and Kidney
GI, Endocrine, and Immune System
Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Molecular Medicine
Theme Required Courses8
GBS Student Theme Meeting Course 1
GBS Required Courses49
Principles of Scientific Integrity
Grant-Writing/Scientific-Writing 2
Biostatistics 3
Journal Clubs 4
Three Advanced Courses 5
Research 6
Total Hours75

Theme Faculty

The faculty listing for the Pathobiology & Molecular Medicine theme is located here

For further information, please reference the GBS website