You will be asked to rank departments in an order of preference on where you would like to conduct research over the summer. The following descriptions are provided to help identify the departments and some of their specialties.
Biochemistry: The research interests of our faculty span a broad spectrum of biochemistry ranging from cell and developmental biology to structural biology. The unifying theme defining us is an interest in biological processes at the molecular level. The department is home to state of the art facilities and instruments for X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, fluorescence microscopy, to name just a few. A collaborative and collegial atmosphere makes the Biochemistry Department an ideal place to do science and train for a wide variety of biomedical science careers. We pride ourselves in a diverse population of faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows and students from around the world.
Biophysics: The Department of Biophysics is home to world class research programs with two primary areas of focus:
Molecular Biophysics: Protein structure and functional dynamics of membranes; including eye lens characterization, role of cholesterol in the eye, oxygen diffusion, lipid raft domains and carotenoids. Free radical spin trapping looking at mechanisms of endothelial injury and dysfunction, superoxide generation from eNOS, regulation of NO production in the heart electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI): Cognitive neuroscience, hardware development (new EPR spectroscopy equipment, new resonators for decreased sample requirements and new data collection and analysis techniques, signal processing and data analysis
Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy: In neurobiology there is a strength in vision with special focus on photoreceptor cell biology, color vision, plasticity in the visual cortex, and functional MRI of the visual system. The department is currently expanding its research efforts in both areas. Faculty in the department also participate in interdisciplinary graduate education through the Graduate Programs in Neuroscience and Biomedical Sciences, and through management of an interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Cell and Developmental Biology. The department also plays an essential role in medical education through its first year medical courses in Cell and Tissue Biology, Developmental Biology, and Clinical Human Anatomy. In addition, the department is a principal participant in an interdisciplinary neuroscience course which includes faculty from other departments within the medical college.
Children's Research Institute: Children's Research Institute advances state-of-the-art pediatric health care through translational research programs to find life-saving discoveries and cures in the diseases that affect children and interventions that enhance quality of life for children and families living with chronic health conditions. Children's Research Institute is a member of Children's Hospital and Health System and is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette University College of Nursing and UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing.
Microbiology & Molecular Genetics: The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics is dedicated to quality in research, graduate and postdoctoral training and medical education. The research interests of the faculty include molecular biology of bacterial pathogenesis, molecular genetics of human viruses, molecular mechanisms of signaling and gene expression, cancer research – viral oncogenesis, protein kinases and cell proliferation, chemokines and metastasis, cellular and molecular analysis of the immune response, and cell- and animal-based model systems of infection and immunity.
Pharmacology & Toxicology: The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology is dedicated to quality in research, graduate and postdoctoral training and medical education. The research interests of our faculty are broadly based in cardiovascular pharmacology, neuropharmacology, cancer pharmacology, toxicology and molecular pharmacology. The research programs in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology are also multidisciplinary in nature and have strong associations with researchers of other basic science and clinical departments. We pride ourselves in a diverse population of faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows and students from around the world.
Physiology: The Department of Physiology is dedicated to quality in research, graduate and postdoctoral training and medical education. The research interests of our faculty are broadly based, with strong programs in cardiovascular, renal and respiratory physiology, physiological genomics, proteomics and computational biology. The research programs in this department are multidisciplinary in nature and our program has strong associations with researchers of other basic science and clinical departments. There is a long history of quality graduate education. The graduates are successful scientists in universities, pharmaceutical companies and government. The size of the program encourages the development of close working relationships between students and faculty. In addition, every effort is made to optimize and tailor our training programs to meet individual student needs in preparation for successful careers.