Admission to the PhD Program

Talented students seeking to acquire scientific knowledge and technical skills in the focus areas of Clinical Sciences, Infectious Diseases, Digestive Diseases, Neuroscience and Reproductive Biology, and Pathology apply to our PhD in Biomedical Sciences program. Students admitted to the program are matched to a faculty member with compatible research interests who will serve as a mentor. The program fosters students’ communication, critical analysis, and research skills, and graduates scientists who successfully compete in the job market.

Admission to the PhD program is based on an evaluation and recommendation by the PhD Program Committee. Applicants to the program must submit an online application and meet all application requirements by February 1.

In their application, all applicants must specify at least one Cummings School faculty member who has a research program aligned with the scientific interests and career goals of the applicant. Applicants not supported by an external fellowship (or other external funding source) should identify only faculty members who are on the list of potential mentors below. Faculty on this list have indicated that they expect to have the space, and may have stipend funding support, for a PhD student beginning in the 2017-18 academic year. All PhD students admitted to the PhD program must have strong support from a faculty member willing to serve as the student’s mentor. Thus, potential applicants are advised to contact faculty members to assess their interest and ability to serve as the applicant’s mentor prior to submitting an application.

Tuition and fees are payable according to Tufts University guidelines. Admitted PhD students may be eligible for a PhD tuition waiver through a school scholarship.

For more information about PhD program financial aid, please contact the graduate program manager.

 

Mentors who may be able to accept students for the 2017-18 academic year:

Dr. Gillian Beamer, VMD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Infectious Disease and Global Health
Specialty: Infectious disease; tuberculosis
Website: http://vetprofiles.tufts.edu//faculty/gillian-beamer#tab-research
Email: Gillian.Beamer@tufts.edu

Dr. Elizabeth M. Byrnes, PhD
Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Biomedical Sciences
Section Head, Neuroscience and Reproductive Biology
Specialty: Neuroscience
Website: http://vetprofiles.tufts.edu//faculty/elizabeth-mccone-byrnes
Email: Elizabeth.Byrnes@tufts.edu

Dr. Lluis Ferrer, DVM, PhD
Professor, Clinical Sciences
Specialty: Dermatology
Website: http://vetprofiles.tufts.edu//faculty/lluis-ferrer
Email: Lluis.Ferrer@tufts.edu

Dr. Andrew M. Hoffman, DVM, DVSc
Professor, Clinical Sciences
Director, Regenerative Medicine Laboratory
Specialty: Stem cell biology and therapies
Websites: http://vetprofiles.tufts.edu//faculty/andrew-m-hoffman; http://vetsites.tufts.edu/rml/
Email: Andrew.Hoffman@tufts.edu

Dr. Benjamin Nephew, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences
Specialty: Maternal behavior disorders
Website: http://vetprofiles.tufts.edu//faculty/benjamin-c-nephew
Email: Benjamin.Nephew@tufts.edu

Dr. Arlin B. Rogers, DVM, PhD
Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences
Director, Tufts Discovery Pathology
Specialty: Liver Carcinogenesis
Website: http://vetprofiles.tufts.edu//faculty/arlin-rogers
Email: Arlin.Rogers@tufts.edu

Dr. Charles B. Shoemaker, PhD
Professor, Infectious Disease and Global Health
Specialty: Biotechnology, immunotherapies, molecular parasitology
Website: http://vetprofiles.tufts.edu/faculty/charles-shoemaker#tab-research
Email: charles.shoemaker@tufts.edu

Dr. Patrick J. Skelly, PhD
Professor, Infectious Disease and Global Health
Specialty: Parasitology, molecular and cellular helminthology
Website: http://vetprofiles.tufts.edu/faculty/patrick-skelly#tab-research
Email: Patrick.Skelly@tufts.edu

Dr. Sam R. Telford III, PhD
Professor, Infectious Disease and Global Health
Specialty: Vector-borne infections, public health
Website: http://vetprofiles.tufts.edu/faculty/sam-r-telford-iii#tab-research
Email: Sam.Telford@tufts.edu

Dr. Giovanni F. Widmer, PhD
Professor, Infectious Disease and Global Health
Specialty: Molecular biology of protozoan parasites; bioinformatics
Website: http://vetprofiles.tufts.edu//faculty/giovanni-f-widmer#tab-research
Email: giovanni.widmer@tufts.edu