Biomedical Sciences, PhD Program

Since 1980, the Biomedical Sciences, PhD Program at Eastern Virginia Medical School provides students with a foundation of biomedical science knowledge and intensive laboratory research training.Biomedical student working in lab

Key advantages of this program:

  • Broad, interdisciplinary curriculum
  • Personalized program of study
  • Close interaction with the faculty

Research focus areas include:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Biology
  • Diabetes
  • Infectious Disease
  • Neuroscience
  • Reproductive Biology

Meet Matthew Butcher, Biomedical Sciences, PhD Class of 2014

‌‌Biomedical Sciences, PhD studentMatt, a Biomedical Sciences PhD candidate and an American Heart Association pre-doctoral scholar, joined Dr. Elena Galkina’s laboratory in 2009 within the department of Microbiology and Molecular Cell Biology to work on the dynamics of leukocytes in atherosclerosis. Since then, through hard work and multiple rewarding collaborations with Dr. Nadler, Dr. Imai, Dr. Dobrian, Dr. Dobrydneva, and Dr. Han, Matt is now actively involved with projects on major health concerns in the Hampton Roads area - including type two diabetes mellitus, atherosclerosis, obesity, and chronic rhinosinusitis. As a result of his efforts, Matt’s tenure in the biomedical science PhD program has been productive and immensely rewarding. Matt has successfully co-authored four papers and is the primary author of three papers, two reviews, two book chapters, and an editorial article. Additionally, Matt has been invited to give several talks at national scientific meetings, including the American Association of Immunologists, Atherosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, and Gordon Atherosclerosis research conferences. He is also a Health Professions Scholar and an American Heart Association mid-atlantic pre-doctoral scholar. In the future, Matt plans on continuing to pursue a career in academia, focusing primarily on bioinformatics and auto-inflammation in atherosclerosis.

Kim Nguyen, Biomedical Sciences, PhD Student

As a Ph.D. student in the Biomedical Sciences Program, Kim works in the lab of Dr. Patric Lundberg in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Cell Biology, where she investigates the role of sex hormones in Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) pathogenesis. She has discovered a novel mechanism in which the virus is regulated by sex hormones produced within the host. In our program, she has been the primary author of two manuscripts and has co-authored one manuscript in addition to two previous articles published from work on her M.S. at VCU. She has also shared her novel findings at several local and international research conferences, including the Virginia Regional Herpes Symposium, ISBiotech Conference, and the International Herpesvirus Workshop. A former Health Professions Scholar as well as Biomedical Sciences Student Organization President, she has successfully jump-started several key events including our “Faculty Presentations of Abstracts” to inform new incoming graduate students of research in EVMS labs, and a “Graduate Student Research Conference” to showcase the basic science research conducted by our students. In the future, Kim wants to continue pursue a career in academic science, with a focus on the sexual dimorphism of infectious diseases.