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There are more than 1,260 students enrolled in educational programs at The Medical College of Wisconsin. This includes 811 medical students, and more than 400 graduate school students and 160 postdoctoral fellows.

MCW is internationally known for its cutting edge research programs. In addition to traditional projects specialized areas include cancer biology, functional imaging, molecular and cellular biology, neurosciences and cardiovascular physiology. The College's research enterprise is focused on strategic, prioritized areas of research involving interdisciplinary collaboration among scientists and physicians with the goal of rapidly translating discoveries into advances for patient care. If you're a prospective graduate student consider visiting MCW for a first hand look at the research efforts.

In FY-2012-13, College faculty received more than $160 million in grant awards for research, training, teaching and related purposes. More than 144 million was for research, including funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). There are over 2,100 research studies, including clinical trials on the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center campus.

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Message from the Dean

Message from the Dean, Ravi Misra, PhDThe Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin provides a world-class environment for graduate study and research training for degree seeking students wishing to study health-related sciences. We endeavor to foster a rich and stimulating academic culture in which the next generation of scientists and health professionals are trained to meet the complex challenges of the 21st century. To reflect the increasing diversity of the healthcare and biomedical science professions, our goal is to provide an educational environment that seamlessly integrates basic research and scholarship, clinically oriented research, applied learning, and community-based programs.

Medical College of Wisconsin faculty secures nearly $160 million in research dollars annually and lead nationally recognized research centers. Within this rich research environment, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences offers 10 PhD and 6 Master's degree programs, as well as several graduate certificate programs for individuals in all stages of career development. The wide range of research accomplished by our students is demonstrated throughout the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center.

We encourage you to consider one of our degree programs in the near future, joining the ranks of some of the most talented scientists in their respective fields. The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences degree programs offer an intellectually challenging and enriching educational experience with innovative research opportunities for every student. Our one-to-one student-to- faculty ratio allows for individual mentoring, and provides structured support to students throughout their graduate school or professional training. We pride ourselves on the collegial relationships that exist between faculty and the students

I invite you to read about our graduate programs and to contact us for additional information. We hope you will consider The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin as your preferred institution for graduate study.

Ravi Misra, PhD
Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Science
Professor of Biochemistry

More about the Dean

Within the Medical College’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Misra has been significantly involved in nearly all aspects of graduate education at MCW, as well having significant participation in medical education. He is currently Chairman of the Interdisciplinary Biomedical in Biomedical Sciences (IDPBS) Graduate Program Curriculum Committee. He has served as a mentor or dissertation committee member for approximately 50 doctoral candidates, postdoctoral fellows and medical students conducting summer research. He also serves as Chairman of the Medical College’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and as a steering committee member for the College’s program in regenerative medicine.

As a research scientist, Dr. Misra’s studies focus on building a better understanding of the molecular and genetic mechanisms involved in cardiac function and heart formation, focusing on molecular genetic basis for the development of the coronary vascular system. Congenital cardiovascular anomalies are the most common form of human birth defect affecting one out of every 200 babies born annually in North America.

His studies have been continuously supported through grants from the National Institutes of Health, for over 15 years, as well as the American Heart Association, and the American Federation for Aging Research.

He has also received research support from the Medical College through grants funded by the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Show house, the Sophia Wolf Quadracci Memorial Fund for Stem Cell Research, Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin, and the College’s Cancer Center.

He has also has an extensive track record of extramural service. He has served as a Charter member of the NIH Cardiac Differentiation and Development study section, a reviewer for numerous scientific journals, and as an ongoing ad hoc member of various other national and international scientific review panels, including the American Foundation for Aging Research and the Wellcome Trust.

A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Misra joined the Medical College’s Biochemistry faculty in 1993 after completing postdoctoral fellowships in microbiology and molecular genetics at Harvard Medical School. He received both his MSc (master of science) degree and PhD in biochemistry from New York University School of Medicine after completing his undergraduate studies in microbiology at Rutgers College of Rutgers University.

Dean, Ravi Misra, PhD (left) pictured with Assistant Dean of Students, Neil Hogg, PhD

Dean, Ravi Misra, PhD (left) pictured with Assistant Dean of Students, Neil Hogg, PhD

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