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PhD Research

Like all PhD programs, research is at the heart of the BME doctorate. All students accepted into the PhD program are fully supported for the duration of their research, with stipend and health insurance paid by the program or by the student’s research mentor. For admission into our program, there are two types of offers we make – rotation offers and direct-match offers – and the difference between them is only the process of choosing a thesis research lab before or during first year. In all other respects, the program is the same for all students. One type of offer isn’t better than the other – based on our experience, some students prefer the certainty of the direct-match offer, and some students prefer the flexibility of the rotation offer.

Direct-Match Offers

We make offers to join our PhD program and to join a specific research lab from day one of the program. On occasion, these offers may include offering the student a choice of a small number of labs, or may provide limited rotation opportunities within a small set of labs.

Rotation Offers

We have a limited number of offers via NIH-funded training grants that enable students to rotate through different laboratories in their first year. These students are able to rotate with any JHU faculty (inside or outside BME) who are accepting students. Typically, students do 1-3 rotations before settling on their thesis lab by the end of their first year (i.e. by the first anniversary of their matriculation).

Research and Training Areas

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Biomedical Data Science

Extract knowledge from biomedical datasets of all sizes to understand and solve health-related problems.
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Computational Medicine

Generate solutions in personalized medicine by building and utilizing computational models of health and disease.
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Genomics & Systems Biology

Create tools to understand the multi-scaled genetic, molecular, and cellular components of disease.
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Imaging & Medical Devices

Build new imaging technologies to improve disease diagnosis and guide clinical procedures
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Harness the power of the immune system to treat diseases such as cancer and promote tissue regeneration for improved healing and repair.
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Apply innovative experimental and data-driven approaches to understand, diagnose, and treat disorders of the brain.
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Translational Cell & Tissue Engineering

Develop and translate advanced technologies to enhance and restore function at the molecular, cellular, and tissue levels.
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