University of Washington

Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease (M3D) PhD Program

The M3D PhD Program trains students to use advances in basic sciences to solve problems relevant to human disease; and to use insights from human disease processes to solve fundamental biological problems.  Three core courses focus on mechanisms of disease, the impact of basic science on medicine, and human genetics, providing a rigorous intellectual foundation. Each student participates in Chief of Medicine rounds, and in a mentored clinical rotation, in the broad area of human genetics or in a more focused area relevant to the student's thesis research.  Students also choose electives reflecting their own interests from the deep and varied menu offered by UW basic science and engineering departments.  Thesis research is supervised by two mentors, one a basic scientist and the other a clinician scientist.  Students complement their experimental work with exposure to relevant problems in the clinic.  The M3D Program is designed for students to complete PhD training in five years, ready to take the next step in careers in academia, biotech, the pharmaceutical industry, education, publishing and public policy.

Dual Mentorship: Research and Clinical Mentors
A key feature of the MMTP is dual mentorship of each student.  The Research Mentor provides laboratory space and supervises thesis research; and the Clinical Mentor promotes and facilitates awareness of the clinical significance of the project.   

MMTP Research Mentors
Distinct cohorts of faculty serve as Research Mentors to students in the M3D PhD Program and the Molecular Medicine Graduate Certificate Program.

M3D PhD Program Research Mentors
The M3D PhD Program is a collaborative effort among the Departments of Medicine, Pathology and Pediatrics.  Students may carry out PhD research with any qualified faculty member in one of those participating departments.  Qualified faculty from other departments may train M3D PhD students, provided that the faculty member commits to support the student while in training.  

Molecular Medicine Graduate Certificate Program Research Mentors
Faculty in the Departments of Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Genome Sciences, Immunology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Physiology&Biophysics, and the interdisciplinary Molecular and Cellular Biology Program serve as the Research Mentors for students in the Graduate Certificate Program.

MMTP Clinical Mentors
The Clinical Mentor promotes and facilitates awareness of the clinical significance of the project.  Faculty with clinical expertise in any department may serve as Clinical Mentors. 

M3D PhD Program