Biomedical Research Training Program University of Nebraska Medical Center

Biomedical Research Training Program University of Nebraska Medical Center

Omaha, NE
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June 1
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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

Contact Info
Dr. Daniel Monaghan
Program Chair
Omaha, NE 68198
Phone: 402-559-7196
Fax: 402-559-7495

Contact Info
Kimberly Rothgeb
Recruiting Coordinator
Omaha, NE 68198
Phone: 402-559-3362
Fax: 402-559-8266


Entrance Requirements:
Additional Exam Requirements/Recommendations For International Students: Required&Mdash;TOEFL (Minimum Score 600 Paper-Based).
Application Deadline:
For Fall Admission, 6/1 For Domestic Students; For Spring Admission, 10/1 For Domestic Students. Applications Are Processed On A Rolling Basis.
Application Fee:
Student Statistics:
Average Age 24. 49 Applicants, 22% Accepted, 9 Enrolled.

Student Body

Student Population:
12 Full-Time (4 Women), 1 Part-Time; Includes 3 Minority (1 African American, 1 Asian American Or Pacific Islander, 1 Hispanic American), 2 International.


120 Full-Time (22 Women).


Faculty Research:
Neuroscience, Cancer, Cardiovascular Immunology, Genetics.
Total Annual Research Expenditures:
$50 Million.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid:
Research Assistantships With Full Tuition Reimbursements, Career-Related Internships Or Fieldwork Available.