Ronald J. Gerrits, PhD
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Academic Program Director: Master's of Science in Perfusion
Milwaukee School of Engineering
I started the PhD program in the Department of Physiology at MCW after having exposure to the program as an undergraduate engineering student. Working with Dr. Andrew Greene as my primary advisor, I studied the regulation of cerebral blood flow on a multidisciplinary project involving physiology and biophysics. Although my education in physiology was excellent, and the scientific principles and techniques broadened my skill set beyond engineering, some of the most important skills I learned were related to interacting with, and mentoring, others. Read more...
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences offers an education tested daily in the classroom and laboratories. This is a place where research is applied to improve the overall quality of human life. In this academic environment questions are investigated everyday from all angles with support and resources from some of the best mentors in the fields.
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Neuroscience Doctoral Program
Due to my experience working with patients with neurological disorders on a clinical level, I was interested in finding a PhD program that focused on translational neurological research to help bridge the gap between basic research findings and clinical practice. The neuroscience program at MCW has a strong group of investigators—recognized leaders in their fields— who are working toward these types of goals. During my first year, I was able to rotate through a number of labs working on issues relevant to clinical practice, including multiple sclerosis, chronic pain and neural development. The opportunities, flexibility, and collaborative environment are what place this program a cut above the rest.