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Basic & Translational Science Program

The Basic and Translational Science (BTS) Program prepares students to carry out highly translational research that narrows the gap between current basic science knowledge and clinical practice. Program participants receive a concentration in Basic and Translational Science in addition to their PhD upon graduation. Goals for the program are: To produce a new class of investigators rigorously trained in basic science and credentialed in translational research who think broadly and logically about clinical problems; To promote research that bridges the gap between basic science knowledge and clinical practice; To build a team of collaborators that will translate basic science research findings into patient care.

Basic and Translational Science

Before Entry into the BTS Program

Before Entry into the BTS Program

  • Apply and matriculate into existing doctoral entrance programs: IDP in Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience, Biophysics Imaging, Pharmacology and Physiology;
  • Complete the first year of your doctoral program requirements
Program Components

Program Components

  • Apply after completion of first year graduate courses
  • Once accepted into the program, students are part of the PhD program in their selected Basic Science Department and part of the PhD in Basic and Translational Science Program
  • Complete Individual Development Plan based on Translational Research Competencies that you would like to developCompetency
  • Based on Individual Development Plan, identify a clinical/translational research mentor
  • Work alongside BTS leadership, mentors, and fellow classmates to identify 12 credits of relevant work to develop Translational Research Competencies. These can include:
    • Relevant Coursework
    • Clinical Shadowing Experiences
    • Participation in National or Local Committees
    • Advocacy for Scientific Policy
    • Projects that Complement and Enhance the Translational Relevance of Dissertation Work
  • Include one translationally-relevant research aim in your dissertation proposal
  • Develop mentor/mentee relationships with both basic and clinical healthcare professionals
Program Courses

Program Courses

Students will satisfy the PhD requirements of their Basic Science Department and those of the Translational Science portion of the program. Twelve advanced credits are required for the program. Four credits can overlap with existing program if they satisfy Clinical Research Professional Core Competencies. An Independent Study course has been created to allow for diverse experiences in Clinical & Translational work to count for credit.
Clinical Research Professional Core Competencies

Clinical Research Professional Core Competencies

Competency

Complete list of competencies with examples can be found at Multi Regional Clinical Trials Joint Task Force for Clinical Trial Competency.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Complete both the BTS PhD Application and the BTS Mentor Support Form

CTSI Basic Translational Science PhD – Application 
PhD Program in Basic and Translational Science: Mentor Support Form (PDF)

Application Deadline: June 1st, following the first year of Graduate School
Application Closes: July 15th
Notification of Acceptance: August 1st

Program of Study

  • 60 Credits
  • 5.5 year average Program
  • Research centered

BTS PhD Concentration Current and Former Students

BTS PhD Concentration Current and Former Students

Student

Department

Program

Graduated

Kala Schilter, PhD

Cell Biology

IDP

2013

Eric Wey, PhD

Cell Biology

IDP

2014

Bradley Endres, PhD

Physiology

IDP

2014

Nathan Rudemiller, PhD

Physiology

Physiology

2015

Andy Weyer, DPT, PhD

Cell Biology

Neurology

2015

Zachary Shaheen, MD, PhD

Biochemistry

MSTP

2015

Mike Tanner, PhD

Pharmacology

IDP

2015

Allison Reeme

Microbiology

IDP

2015

Brett Deml, PhD

Cell Biology

IDP

2016

Johnathan Ebben, MD, PhD

Pharmacology

MSTP

2016

Maria Angeles Baker, MT, PhD

Physiology

Physiology

2016

Shauna Rasmussen, PhD

Physiology

Physiology

2017

Thomas Langer, PhD

Physiology

Physiology

2017

Britany Wade, PhD

Physiology

Physiology

2017

David Jensen, PhD

Physiology

Physiology

2020

Anna Williams, PhD

Physiology

Physiology

2020

Cheng-Yin Yuan, PhD

Microbiology & Immunology

Microbiology & Immunology

2020

Eric Clark, PhD

Cell & Developmental Biology

Cell & Development Biology

2021

Sean McGarry, PhD

Biophysics

Biophysics

2020

Jonathon Young, PhD

Cell & Developmental Biology

Cell & Developmental Biology

2021

Sarah Seese, PhD

Cell & Developmental Biology

Cell & Developmental Biology

2021

Alicia Ivory

Physiology

Physiology

 

Christina Behlke

Pharmacology & Toxicology

Pharmacology & Toxicology

 

Anna Manis

Physiology

Physiology

 

Victoria Nasci

Physiology

Physiology

 

Samantha Paddock

Physiology

Physiology

 

Seung Yi Lee

Biophysics

Biophysics

 

Hannah Nonarath

Cell & Developmental Biology

Cell & Developmental Biology

 

Wen Zhu

Microbiology & Immunology

Microbiology & Immunology

 

Olivia Koehn

Pharmacology & Toxicology

Pharmacology & Toxicology

 

Thiago Arzua

Physiology

Physiology

 

Jennifer Tinklenberg

Physiology

Physiology

 

Nnamdi Uche

Physiology

Physiology

 

Michelle Roberts

Physiology

Physiology

 

Benjamin O’Brien Hokanson

Cell & Developmental Biology

Cell & Developmental Biology

 

Lashodya Dissanayake

Physiology

Physiology

 

Rebecca Slick

Physiology

Physiology

 

Kirstyn Buchholz

Physiology

Physiology

 

Briana Meyer

Physiology

Physiology

 

Samantha Swift

Cell & Developmental Biology

Cell & Developmental Biology

 


Contact Us

Contact Us

Jess Olson, PhD, MPH
Director, Basic and Translational Science Program
(414) 955-8656 Email: jeolson@mcw.edu

Karen Marcdante, MD
Co-Director, Basic and Translational Science Program
(414) 266-3360 Email: kwendel@mcw.edu

Memory Bacon, MBA
Program Manager, CTSI
(414) 955-8762 Email: mbacon@mcw.edu

Contact Us

MCW Graduate School
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

(414) 955-8218
(414) 955-0084 (fax)
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