Participating Departments

Biomedical Engineering

The Biomedical Engineering program focuses on solving unmet clinical across a wide range of research areas, including biomedical optics, cardiovascular engineering, computational biology, nanomedicine and nanobiotechnology, spatial systems biology, and tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. The mission of the Biomedical Engineering program is to train students to become innovators, entrepreneurs, and scientific leaders. Trainees work with clinicians and physician-scientists in either a wet lab or dry lab (i.e. computational focus) setting to make scientific discoveries, reduce disease, and improve patients’ lives. Prospective graduate students will have completed undergraduate coursework in engineering and other basic sciences with strong mathematics backgrounds. Learn more about the Biomedical Engineering Program.

Neuroscience Graduate Program

The Neuroscience Graduate Program at OHSU aims to train predoctoral students in modern neuroscience concepts and techniques. The program is particularly strong in cellular neuroscience, neuronal signaling, gene regulation, biophysics of channels and transporters, sensory systems, and neuroendocrinology with increasing strength in developmental neuroscience and disease-orientated neuroscience research. Learn more about the Neuroscience Graduate Program.

Biomedical Informatics

The Biomedical Informatics program is housed in the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, which provides research, education, and service in the areas of clinical informatics, clinical epidemiology, and bioinformatics/computational biomedicine. The Biomedical Informatics program has two major tracks: Health & Clinical Informatics major and the Bioinformatics & Computational Biomedicine major. The Health & Clinical Informatics major focuses on informatics at the level of healthcare systems as well as individual health. The Bioinformatics & Computational Biomedicine major focuses on informatics at the cellular and molecular level. Learn more about the Biomedical Informatics Program.

Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience

The Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience program emphasizes systems neuroscience, behavioral genetics, and computational neuroscience in the context of healthy behavior and brain disorders. Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience trainees are engaged in multidisciplinary research involving human, monkey, rodent, and songbird models, as well as reductionist and computational approaches. Prospective graduate students will have completed coursework in biochemistry, organic chemistry, physiology, neuroscience, anatomy, psychology, statistics, and computer programming. Learn more about the Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience Program.

Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences

The Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (PBMS) provides a flexible and interdisciplinary training experience that prepares students to make significant contributions to biomedical research. Faculty members in PBMS incorporate technological innovation - such as state-of-the-art imaging and single cell expression studies – to answer important questions related to health and disease. Trainees complete their training in one of the six Research hubs comprised of faculty from various OHSU biomedical departments: Biochemical, Molecular and Structural Biology; Chemical Physiology; Development, Differentiation and Disease; Genome Sciences; Integrated Cancer Biology; Infectious Disease and Immunology. Prospective graduate students are strongly recommended to have completed coursework in organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics, mathematics, biology and genetics (at least 300 level). Learn more about the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences.

Clinical Psychology

The Clinical Psychology program offers students an in-depth focus on three key areas: 1) health psychology, 2) neuroscience of mental health disorders, 3) intervention development and evaluation. Students do not apply for a specific focus, but will obtain training across the three areas (although likely to specialize in one area). The Clinical Psychology program at OHSU is the only program in Oregon that is sponsored and primarily housed within an academic medical center. Depending on the research lab, students use advanced research technology including MRI and EEG brain imaging, psychophysiological recording equipment, and associated analytics software and pipelines. Perspective graduate students must have a undergraduate degree in psychology or related field. Learn more about the Clinical Psychology Program.

M.D./Ph.D. Training Program

The OHSU M.D./Ph.D. Training Program’s goal is to provide an environment in which students obtain the breadth and depth of training needed to excel as both physicians and scientists. Students may choose to do their dissertation research with faculty scientists in any of the following graduate programs: Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Informatics, Neuroscience Graduate Program, and Program in Biomedical Sciences. Learn more about the M.D./Ph.D. Training Program.