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Translational Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, and Physiology

The Translational Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology and Physiology Track offers the opportunity for students to use the tools of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, physiology, structural biology, systems biology, and genetics to investigate the mechanisms of disease and pathogenesis (including: cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, inflammatory diseases, aging and others), the development and molecular actions of drugs that treat these diseases, and how genes, proteins and small molecules are integrated to produce the specific functions of our cells, tissues, and organs.

The faculty in this interdisciplinary Track are drawn primarily from the Departments of Pathology, Pharmacology, Cellular and Molecular Physiology, and Medicine, with participating faculty from Biomedical Engineering, Cell Biology, Comparative Medicine, Genetics, Immunobiology, Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, Microbial Pathogenesis, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, Neuroscience, Psychiatry, and Therapeutic Radiology, as well as the Yale Cancer Center and Stem Cell Center.

My experience with the TMMPP Track was one filled with scientific collaboration, research diversity, and camaraderie among my peers. I was able to rotate in labs not only within the TMMPP Track, but also in those that have co-affiliations with other Tracks/departments (e.g., Immunology and Cell Biology) within the BBS Program; this allowed me not only to broaden my understanding in the field, but also to “test the waters” on what kind of biology interests me. The core curriculum of the Track was foundational to my understanding of the human body and how normal functions are implicated in many disease types – both rare and common. Additionally, the Track honed my skills in scientific communication (i.e., writing) from the very beginning and allowed me and my peers develop not just our critical reading, but also our ability to concisely impart our research to the scientific community. As I continue my graduate school journey, I am confident that Yale has equipped me and my peers with the resources and mentorship we need to achieve our goals.

Amos Espinosa