Biomedical Sciences, PhD

Biomedical Sciences, PhD

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Take your research from the bench to the bedside with your Doctor of Biomedical Sciences.

Your work can create change

Research in biomedical sciences has the power to change the world. Biomedical Sciences Program Director Maggie Morris, PhD, is researching the theory that a virus may play a role in type 1 diabetes.

Why choose EVMS?

Explore the causes of disease and search for future breakthroughs in medicine.

Go above and beyond

Jessica Burket – a Biomedical Sciences PhD student – was recently chosen as one of only 16 people worldwide to take part in the NASA Space Radiation Summer School in New York. 

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Take the next step in your career

Monicah Njogu Bwayi, PhD, graduated from EVMS in 2016. She’s now a postdoctoral research fellow at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the chemical biology and therapeutics department.

Meet Our Faculty


Xiaoli Zhao, PhD

Associate Professor, Physiological Sciences

Dr. Zhao was trained as a physician in pediatrics at ShanXi Medical University in China. She completed her doctorate in physiology and integrative biology at Rutgers University in 2006 and continued her postdoctoral education in muscle physiology. She started her independent research program in lung physiology and pathophysiology as an assistant professor at Ohio State University in 2012 and relocated to EVMS in 2015 to continue her National Institutes of Health and Virginia state funded research.

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Areas of expertise

  • Acute lung injury
  • Cell injury and repair
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary fibrosis

Richard Britten, PhD

Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology and Biophysics

Dr. Britten received his doctorate in radiotherapy and biochemistry from the University of Leeds. He has been with EVMS since 2001. Previously, he worked as an assistant professor at the Cross Cancer Institute and as a research associate with the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Areas of expertise

  • Cancer research
  • Radiology
  • Cell biology
  • Molecular biology

Maggie Morris, PhD

Director, Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs, Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

Dr. Morris joined EVMS in 2008. She previously worked as a research associate at the University of Virginia, where she was also a postdoctoral research fellow. Dr. Morris’ best friend in graduate school has type 1 diabetes, which sparked her personal interest in researching the disease.

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Areas of expertise

  • Immunology
  • Diabetes
  • Inflammation
  • Natural killer cells

Larry Sanford, PhD

Professor, Pathology and Anatomy

Dr. Sanford has a master’s and doctorate degree in physiological psychology from the University of Georgia. For his postdoctoral education, Dr. Sanford studied neurophysiology at the University of California at Los Angeles. He also received training in the study of the brain mechanisms of sleep at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Areas of expertise

  • Neurobiology
  • Sleep research
  • Physiology
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder