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Program in Physiology & Biomedical Engineering Graduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences Mayo Graduate School

  • Rochester, MN
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 46%54%
    student ratio
  • 37
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • December 1
    fall application deadline
  • Not Reported
    acceptance rate
  • 1 Degree
    degrees offered

Overview

Programs of Study

The Mayo Graduate School, part of the Mayo Clinic, offers a graduate program leading to the Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. degrees while providing students with educational backgrounds and laboratory experiences that prepare them for careers as independent research investigators.

The Graduate Program in Physiology and Biomedical Engineering has a long, rich history at Mayo with a tradition of translational research that spans interdisciplinary boundaries and routinely connects the engineering and physical sciences to the biological sciences and clinical practice. The Graduate Program in Physiology and Biomedical Engineering offers a wide range of research opportunities from basic discovery science to clinical research. Students are provided the necessary quantitative tools to become leaders in diverse fields of biomedical sciences.

Research Facilities

Research laboratories at Mayo Clinic are well equipped, state-of-the-art facilities. The campus in Rochester contains more than 965,000 square feet of space devoted to research and related activities. Research facilities are also located at campuses in Jacksonville, Florida, and Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition, there are core facilities that provide cutting edge technologies in advancing areas of research that provide more than 250 full-time faculty members engaged in research at Mayo Clinic and approximately 70 in the Physiology and Biomedical Engineering program with an annual research budget of more than $350 million to support research.

Financial Aid

Full-time graduate students in the Mayo Graduate School are each provided with a yearly stipend (approximately $26,750) in addition to medical insurance and other benefits. Receipt of fellowship stipends does not obligate students to work as laboratory assistants or as teaching assistants. Since stipends are provided by the graduate school, students are not constrained in their choice of research advisers by funding limitations.

Cost of Study

Tuition costs for courses within the Mayo Graduate School are provided in addition to the yearly stipends. Students pay no tuition or ancillary fees.

Location

The city of Rochester combines the best of 2 worlds -- the warmth and friendliness of a small town with the bustling commerce, entertainment, and conveniences of a metropolis. Lectures, symphony concerts, art exhibits, and a civic theater contribute to a cosmopolitan atmosphere that is unusual for a city this size. The city and its environs provide an extensive 4-season calendar of recreation. Attractions in Minneapolis and St. Paul, a major metropolitan area just 80 miles north of Rochester, include professional sports and a variety of cultural opportunities.

Living and Housing Costs

Living costs in Rochester are comparable to those in cities of similar size within the upper Midwest and generally lower than those in urban areas of the East and West Coasts. A single student can live comfortably in Rochester on the stipend provided.

Student Group

Approximately 25 students are admitted each year into the Mayo Graduate School, and 6 are admitted into the M.D./Ph.D. degree program. Educational activities at the Mayo Clinic include the medical school, health-related sciences with more than 3,000 students on the Mayo campus. Enrollment in other Mayo educational programs includes 1,000 clinical residents and fellows and 275 postdoctoral research fellows.

Student Outcomes

Over the past 10 years, there have been 69 students enrolled in the "Physiology and Biomedical Engineering" program with 93% completing their Ph.D. degrees with an average duration of 5.3 years to completion.

Location

The city of Rochester combines the best of 2 worlds -- the warmth and friendliness of a small town with the bustling commerce, entertainment, and conveniences of a metropolis. Lectures, symphony concerts, art exhibits, and a civic theater contribute to a cosmopolitan atmosphere that is unusual for a city this size. The city and its environs provide an extensive 4-season calendar of recreation. Attractions in Minneapolis and St. Paul, a major metropolitan area just 80 miles north of Rochester, include professional sports and a variety of cultural opportunities.

The School

The Mayo Graduate School is part of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, which also includes the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Medical School, and the Mayo School of Health Sciences. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Applying

The general requirements of the Mayo Graduate School for admission to the Ph.D. degree program include a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and scores on the GRE General Test, or the equivalent, indicating strong academic ability. Specific course prerequisites include 2 years of college chemistry (including organic), 1 year of calculus, 1 year of biology, and 1 year of physics, with evidence of superior performance in all courses. Official transcripts from schools attended, 3 letters of recommendation, and a summary of the student's scientific interests and career goals are also required. Interviews are suggested. Applications to the M.D./Ph.D. degree program are initiated via the AMCAS system and must be submitted by October 15. The Ph.D. portion of the M.D./Ph.D. application should be submitted by December 1. Applications for the Ph.D. program should be submitted by December 1. Mayo Foundation is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity educator and employer.

Correspondence and Information

Graduate Program in Physiology & Biomedical Engineering

Mayo Graduate School

200 First Street SW

Rochester, Minnesota 55905

United States

Telephone: 507-255-8544

E-mail: kingsleyberg.shirley@mayo.edu

Selected Faculty Members and Their Research

The Physiology & Biomedical Engineering Program currently has 56 faculty members with full privileges.

- Kai-Nan An, Ph.D. (Departments of Orthopedics and PBME), musculoskeletal biomechanics, orthopedic and rehabilitation engineering.

- Zeljko Bajzer, Ph.D. (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), fluorescence spectroscopy, data analysis and mathematical modeling in biochemistry and biology, enzyme kinetics.

- Marek Belohlavek, M.D., Ph.D., (Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases), parametric analysis of cardiovascular perfusion and function with ultrasound.

- Thomas Burghardt, Ph.D. (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), molecular mechanism of muscle contraction and cell motility.

- Michael Camilleri, M.D. (Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology), image-based contraction/relaxation studies of human digestive tract, accommodation, transit profile, and residue of meals.

- Eduardo Chini, M.D., Ph.D. (Department of Anesthesiology), smooth muscle physiology, intracellular calcium regulation.

- Erik Daniel, Ph.D. (Department of Physiology & Biomedical Engineering), high-speed circuit and packaging design and signal integrity issues, vector network analyzer (VNA) measurement.

- Dan Dragomir-Daescu, Ph.D. (Department of Physiology & Biomedical Engineering), advanced mathematics for engineers.

- Bradley Erickson, M.D., Ph.D. (Department of Radiology), application of computers to solve neuroradiology problems, radiology informatics.

- Gianrico Farrugia, M.D. (Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology), gastrointestinal motility, ion channels, interstitial cells of Cajal.

- Mostafa Fatemi, Ph.D. (Department of Physiology & Biomedical Engineering), ultrasound, wave propagations and biomedical applications.

- Barry Gilbert, Ph.D. (Department of Physiology & Biomedical Engineering), design of computer hardware and computer-aided design (CAD) software, development of gallium arsenide digital integrated circuit technology for high-performance digital signal processors, studies of mathematical algorithms for biomedical signal and image processing and analysis, computation-bound problems in biomedical research, packaging of GaAs signal processors on multichip modules.

- James Greenleaf, Ph.D. (Department of Physiology & Biomedical Engineering), ultrasound imaging and therapy devices.

- Rolf Hubmayr, M.D. (Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine), biomechanics of the lung, lung deformation injury, cell mechanics.

- Michael Joyner, M.D. (Department of Anesthesiology), autonomic nervous system interactions, factors that regulate arterial pressure and blood flow.

- Kenton Kaufman, Ph.D. (Department of Orthopedics), gait analysis, lower extremity biomechanics, muscle modeling.

- Lichun Lu, Ph.D. (Department of Orthopedics), tissue biomechanics and engineering.

- Armando Manduca, Ph.D. (Department of Physiology & Biomedical Engineering), image processing, image analysis, neural networks, texture analysis.

- Carlos B. Mantilla, M.D., Ph.D. (Department of Anesthesiology), understanding mechanisms that enhance recovery of breathing function, aging and increased risk for respiratory complications, growth factors and improved function in neuromuscular disorders.

- Virginia Miller, Ph.D. (Department of Surgery), effects of hormonal and mechanical stimuli on vascular remodeling.

- Hal Ottesen, Ph.D., efficient methods in digital signal and image processing, real-time digital control with fuzzy logic.

- Yuan-Ping Pang, Ph.D. (Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics), exploration of structures and atomic interaction underlying angiogenesis, apoptosis, metalloenzyme catalysis, and protein folding.

- Y.S. Prakash, M.D., Ph.D. (Department of Physiology & Biomedical Engineering), asthma pathophysiology, asthma in women, lung diseases in premature babies, pulmonary hypertension.

- Qi Qian, M.D. (Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension), role of polycystins in the regulation of vascular tone and genesis of hypertension, genetics of autosomal dominant polycystic liver disease.

- Erik Ritman, M.D., Ph.D. (Department of Physiology & Biomedical Engineering), whole-body and microcomputed tomography for structure-to-function relationships.

- Richard Robb, Ph.D. (Department of Physiology & Biomedical Engineering), computer-aided visualization and analysis of biological systems, 3-D image reconstruction and display, image-guided surgery and clinical interventions, image segmentation, registration, volume rendering, and image modeling, virtual reality and high-performance graphics.

- Tuhin Roy , M.D., Ph.D. (Department of Anesthesiology), mechanisms of gas exchange in the lung and the development of noninvasive techniques to evaluate these issues in health and disease.

- Gary Sieck, Ph.D. (Department of Physiology & Biomedical Engineering), plasticity in neuromotor control, including alterations in motor-unit mechanical and metabolic properties, alterations in motoneuron morphometry, and alterations at neuromuscular junction (models include postnatal development, neural inactivation, compensatory loading, and steroidal treatment), neuromuscular interactions, muscle fiber mechanics, and energetics.

- Steven Sine, Ph.D. (Department of Physiology & Biomedical Engineering), structure-function relationships in nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (AchR), mechanistic bases of human AchR channelopathies, mutagenesis, protein structure, and single-channel kinetics.

- Joseph Szurszewski, Ph.D. (Department of Physiology & Biomedical Engineering), gastrointestinal motility and electrophysiology, 3-D volume reconstruction of single-cell function.

- James Thompson, Ph.D. (Department of Physiology & Biomedical Engineering), structure and function of lipoproteins and lipid metabolism, structure of transcription regulation.

- Vicente Torres M.D., Ph.D. (Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension), polycystic kidney disease.

- Daniel J. Tschumperlin, Ph.D. (Department of Physiology & Biomedical Engineering),

understanding the role mechanical forces play in lung physiology and pathophysiology, delineating the pathobiology of asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and acute lung injury, discovering how physical forces are transduced at cellular and molecular levels.

- Michael Yaszemski M.D., Ph.D. (Department of Orthopedics), tissue biomechanics and engineering.


Location & Contact

Program in Physiology & Biomedical Engineering

Mayo Graduate School

200 First Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905
United States
Telephone: 507-255-8544
Email: kingsleyberg.shirley@mayo.edu

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Doctoral Degrees 2
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Doctoral Degrees Oral defense of dissertation, qualifying oral and written exam
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted 6
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled 6
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $0
    • Application Fee - International $0
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • MD/PhD deadline October 15th 
    • PhD deadline December 1st
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE, 2 years of chemistry (including organic), 1 year of biology, and 1 year of calculus
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • Tuition costs for courses within the Mayo Graduate School are provided in addition to the yearly stipends. Students pay no tuition or ancillary fees.


Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students6
    • Female Percentage46%
    • Male Percentage54%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students6
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino18%
    • Black / African American5%
    • White / Caucasian68%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian9%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown0%

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty56
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage14%
    • Male Percentage86%

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