Biomedical Research Training Program University of Nebraska Medical Center

Biomedical Research Training Program University of Nebraska Medical Center

Omaha, NE
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
June 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


A Distinctive Biomedical Research Training Program Is Offered to First-Year Grad Students at University of Nebraska Medical Center

The Biomedical Research Training Program (BRTP) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is a first-year graduate program that offers students the opportunity to explore a variety of research laboratories and academic programs before deciding on a Ph.D.-granting department. Students rotate through any of the more than 130 research laboratories affiliated with the Cancer Research Graduate Program and with the five basic science departments: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Genetics, Cell Biology, and Anatomy; Pathology and Microbiology; Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience; and Cellular and Integrative Physiology. This opportunity includes nearly all of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) research laboratories, since most research faculty members in other departments and institutes at UNMC have adjunct appointments in a basic science department.

Integrated Core Curriculum Forms a Solid Foundation

During the first year, students take a strong, integrated curriculum that forms the foundation for each of the Ph.D.-granting graduate programs. The core curriculum consists of four courses: Macromolecular Structure and Function, Molecular Cell Biology, The Cell and Gene Regulation, and Cell Signaling. The curriculum, along with research rotations in four laboratories and attendance at research seminars, provides the first-year student with a multidisciplinary foundation that is important for success in modern biomedical research. Before the end of the first year, students select a Ph.D.-granting department and their thesis research mentor.

After Completing BRTP Courses, Students Complete Graduate Work in the Science Department and Laboratory of Their Choice

After the first year, students complete the curriculum of their selected department. Additional course requirements depend upon the interests and goals of the student and are defined on an individual basis by the student's supervisory committee. After the second year, students spend most of their time working on their thesis research project. The Ph.D. is awarded upon the successful completion of the research dissertation.

Research Interests Among BRTP Faculty Members Range From Biochemistry and Genetics to Pharmacology and Neuroscience

The Biomedical Research Training Program includes more than 130 UNMC research laboratories. The general research interests of BRTP faculty members include those indicated by their departments' designations: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy; Pathology and Microbiology; Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience; and Cellular and Integrative Physiology, as well as the Cancer Research Graduate Program. More specifically, faculty research interests target one or more of the following eight focus areas: cancer biology, cardiovascular biology, cell signaling, developmental biology, genetics, immunology, molecular biology, and neuroscience.

One Million Square Feet of Laboratory Space and State-of-the-Art Facilities Are Available at UNMC

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is situated on an 112-acre campus located in the center of Omaha, Nebraska. UNMC's research laboratories are housed in 12 buildings for a total of more than 1 million square feet of laboratory space. Many of the research laboratories are housed in the recently constructed Durham Research Center, a 500,000-square-foot facility with more than 200 research laboratories. A key strength to research capabilities at UNMC is the solid collection of research core facilities that provide state-of-the-art research equipment and technical expertise. In addition, the various departments, institutes, and investigators have a full complement of the current equipment used in modern biological and biomedical research.

Generous Stipends Support BRTP Students, and Housing Options Are Affordable

All students receive financial support throughout their first year. Students are fully-supported in subsequent years by a variety of fellowships, assistantships, and grants. UNMC has on-campus housing, and there are a variety of apartment complexes within walking distance of the campus. Within a short driving distance there is a wide variety of housing options available in a range of prices; the average cost of monthly rent is $350 to $550. The BRTP office is available to assist with housing information.

UNMC Provides Specialized Additional Training to Prepare its PhD Students for Top Positions in Academia and Business

At any given time, more than 3,000 UNMC students receive health sciences¿related training in medicine, pharmacy, nursing, and allied health. In addition, another ~ 250 students are pursuing Ph.D.s in the various research laboratories, and more than 50 percent of these students are women. Students can also participate in complementary training programs preparing students for careers in teaching or business. Former students who have received their Ph.D. degrees at UNMC currently hold academic positions at various universities and have positions at a variety of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

Its Low Cost of Living and Range of Cultural Opportunities Makes Omaha, Nebraska, A Great Place for Graduate School

Omaha's metropolitan area is home to approximately 850,000 citizens. Omaha has been rated one of the Top 10 U.S. cities for quality of living due to low living expenses and excellent educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities. Omaha is also known for its variety and quality of restaurants and live music venues. The 112-acre UNMC campus is located in the center of Omaha, within a 5-minute drive of downtown and the historic Old Market (restaurant and entertainment) district. In addition, students have access to on-campus intramural sports (basketball, badminton, golf, softball, table tennis, volleyball) and recreational facilities that includes a multi-purpose gymnasium, racket-ball courts, fitness facilities and an ice-rink.

Location & Contact

Biomedical Research Training Program

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198
United States

Dr. Daniel Monaghan

Program Chair

Phone: 402-559-7196
Fax: 402-559-7495

Kimberly Rothgeb

Recruiting Coordinator

Phone: 402-559-3362
Fax: 402-559-8266

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Biological And Biomedical Sciences Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • 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
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


22% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 49
    • Accepted 11
    • Acceptance Rate 22
    • Enrolled 9
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $45
    • Application Fee - International $45
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline June 1st Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students13
    • Female Percentage31%
    • Male Percentage69%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students13
    • Part-time Percentage8%
    • Full-time Percentage92%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino9%
    • Black / African American9%
    • White / Caucasian73%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian9%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown0%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty120
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage18%
    • Male Percentage82%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchNeuroscience, cancer, cardiovascular immunology, genetics
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$50,000,000




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