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Department and Centers

The Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences is an amalgamation of six different departments, each with their own distinct research focus and faculty roster.  To learn more about each of the different departments, click on the links below to visit their websites.



The Department of Biochemistry is located on the sixth floor of the Medical School Building in the Tulane University Health Sciences Center. Areas of research strength in the department include Nucleic Acids Biochemistry (genomics, DNA and RNA binding proteins, structure and function of RNA, control of gene expression, DNA replication, and chromosome dynamics), Protein Biochemistry (enzymology, protein structure and folding, and multi-protein machines), and the Biochemistry of Complex Carbohydrates. Graduate training in the department draws on the tools of genetics, cell biology, chemistry, biophysics, computer science, and a number of other disciplines. 


Human Genetics

The Hayward Genetics Center at Tulane University Health Sciences Center is an interdepartmental multidisciplinary program providing state-of-the-art service, education, and research in the full spectrum of diagnosis, counseling and management of genetic disorders. The faculty of the Hayward Genetics Center includes clinical and basic scientists who specialize in the various areas of human genetics. The faculty includes geneticists who are board certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics in all subdisciplines of Medical Genetics (Clinical Genetics, Clinical Biochemical Genetics, Clinical Cytogenetics, Clinical Molecular Genetics and Ph.D. Medical Genetics). Additional faculty members include research and basic scientists with expertise in biochemistry and molecular biology as well as physicians who are board-certified in various other medical specialties including Maternal/Fetal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Neurology, and Internal Medicine. The Hayward Genetics Center is accredited as a training program by the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) and is also accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to provide postdoctoral training (years four and five) in M.D. clinical genetics.


Microbiology & Immunology

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology has active research programs encompassing many areas of current research interest worldwide. Specific faculty interests and research programs range from studies of genetics of bacteria and modifications of bacterial and viral genomes, mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis, mechanisms of resistance to fungal and bacterial infections, the nature of viruses and the roles they play in neoplasia and AIDS, and regulation of immune responsiveness. The collective expertise of the faculty is broad and provides students with the opportunity to learn from those who are working at the advancing edge of their fields. The research programs of the faculty are supported by grants from Federal sources such as the National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society, as well as private foundations and industrial sources.



The Department of Pharmacology offers two different programs of instruction and research training. The masters program is a one year program designed to attract those students who are interested in improving their credentials to compete for admission to a medical school, as well as those individuals who are interested in this degree to achieve their professional goals. The objectives of this one-year degree program are further described in the Masters section of this web site. The doctorate program is designed to train graduate students in a specialized subdiscipline of pharmacology in preparation for a career in research and teaching for a position in an academic institution, industry or a governmental agency. Research training is available in biochemical, cardiovascular, chemical, pulmonary, and renal pharmacology as well as hematopharmacology, neuropharmacology, and toxicology. The program of didactic instruction is tailored to the individual student's needs. The details of this program are further described in the Doctorate section of this web site. 



The Department of Physiology aims to provide graduate students with a clear understanding of physiological principles, concepts, and mechanisms, particularly as related to disease. Physiology approaches research questions from the molecular level to the organ system level, so a wide variety of techniques are employed, including molecular biology, immunohistochemistry, optical measurements and imaging, cell culture, isolated tissues and organs, and whole-animal studies. Areas of specialization include Renal Physiology, including regulation of the renal vasculature, tubular transport processes, and fluid and electrolyte regulation; Pathophysiology of Hypertension; Molecular Physiology of Cardio-active Peptides; Cardiovascular regulation, and Protection of Brain Cells from Ischemic Injury. The major research emphasis of the Department, Pathohysiology of Hypertension, is being investigated as part of large multidisciplinary group of investigators comprising The Tulane Hypertension and Renal Center of Excellence.


Structural and Cellular Biology

The department includes 12 full-time faculty members, a number of adjunct faculty, and a large support staff, which combine to meet its educational and research goals. Educational responsibilities include teaching major components of the first-year medical school curriculum, including Gross Anatomy, Human Embryology, Medical Histology and Medical Neuroscience, as well as teaching various related graduate level courses. Research areas of expertise include reproductive endocrinology and toxicity, neuroendocinology, neuroendocine influences of breast cancer, endocrine response mechanisms of breast cancer, the neurobiology of addiction, visual and somatic sensory neuroscience, control of cellular differentiation and the functional and structural organization of the retina among others.


Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-988-5226