Academic Programs

PMCB is an umbrella program preparing students for PhD-level research in seven different basic science programs. Students who wish to earn a PhD in any of the member programs must apply for admission through PMCB, making it the largest graduate program at OHSU. During the first year, admitted students take core conjoint courses and rotate through three different labs before choosing a mentor, lab, and academic program with which to complete dissertation research and PhD requirements. After the second year, students will undertake the qualifying exam to officially advance to PhD candidacy.

The faculty in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB) carry out fundamental research on mechanisms of disease at atomic and molecular levels of resolution. Students in BMB come to learn, in atomic detail, about the molecular interactions common to basic life processes, and the techniques that illuminate the molecular underpinnings of normal physiology and the diseased state.


Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering (BME) encompasses multidisciplinary and multi-scale research applied to significant health problems. BME faculty link basic science to the clinic by providing advanced technical solutions-computational models, engineered experimental systems, advanced measurement technologies, nanotechnology and reporter chemistry to pressing biomedical problems.

Cancer Biology

The Cancer Biology Program (CanB) constitutes the foundation of basic science research of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. The overall goal of the program is to investigate the underlying cellular, genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying the development of cancer and in the regulation of both normal and abnormal cell growth.

Cell & Developmental Biology

The Cell & Developmental Biology (CDB) program offers research and training in studies examining the biosynthesis, assembly and function of cellular components, as well as the mechanisms that permit morphogenesis and the ability of interacting cells to form a living organism.

Molecular & Medical Genetics

Molecular Microbiology & Immunology

Molecular Microbiology and Immunology (MMI) program faculty are strongly committed to providing excellent research training for PhD and MD/PhD students and to preparing them for successful careers as faculty and as researchers in health-science companies. Microbiology and Immunology are disciplines that are key to our understanding of basic life processes and to our quest to improve human health.


Physiology & Pharmacology

The Physiology & Pharmacology (PH2) program offers a unique environment for research and training that combines elements of Molecular Physiology and Pharmacology with Chemical Biology to create a synergistic and highly collaborative atmosphere.