We are the largest graduate program at OHSU. PMCB is the portal to Ph.D. thesis research in five basic science departments. Our internationally acclaimed PhD and MD faculty have primary appointments in the five participating basic science departments, and also include faculty from The Vollum Institute, Heart Research Center, Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute, Oregon National Primate Center, Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology, Cancer Center, Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children, Casey Eye Institute, Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute, Oregon Hearing Research Institute, U.S. Veteran's Affairs Medical Institute, Advanced Imaging Research Center, and the Center for Weight Regulation.
We admit between 12-25 students a year into our program. Our graduate students are a diverse and interactive group who come from all over the United States and the world. They carry out PhD thesis research in a wide range of laboratories, from those that focus on basic biological questions to those labs that focus on disease processes and translational research. Students can pursue interdisciplinary interests across departmental boundaries in areas including the autonomic nervous system, cancer biology, chemical biology, developmental biology, endocrinology, gene regulation, immunology, inflammatory processes, metabolism, microbial pathogenesis, signal transduction, structural biology, and virology.