Training Program in Translational Research

About Us

The Training Program in Translational Research offers an interdisciplinary program of study and research that prepares graduate students for successful careers at the interface between basic biomedical science and clinical medicine. This program is designed for predoctoral Ph.D. students and aims to address the widely recognized shortage of rigorously trained scientists who can successfully work together with medical professionals to bridge the gap between basic science and clinical practice. The program is centered in the University of Michigan School of Medicine, with participating faculty members affiliated with twelve departments (7 clinical and 5 basic science). Additional faculty mentors have their primary appointments in the School of Pharmacy and School of Dentistry.



Andrew Lieberman, M.D., Ph.D., Gerald D. Abrams Collegiate Professor of Pathology (Research interest: neurodegeneration)

Zaneta Nikolovska-Coleska, Ph.D., Professor of Pathology, Associate Dean for Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies

(Research interest: drug discovery, chemical biology, cancer, aging)


Steering Committee

Beth Lawlor, Russell G. Adderley Professor of Pediatric Oncology,

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases and Pathology

Director of the Doctoral Program in Cancer Biology


Ronald Koenig, Professor of Internal Medicine

Director of the University of Michigan MSTP program


Nicholas Lukacs, Godfrey D. Stobbe Professor of Pathology

Assistant Dean for Research Faculty

Director of the Lung Immunopathology T32 training grant


Bethany Moore, Galen B. Toews Collegiate Professor of Internal Medicine and Microbiology

Director of the Doctoral Program in Immunology

Co-Director of the Experimental Immunology Training Grant


Charles Parkos, Carl V. Weller Professor of Pathology

Chair of the Department of Pathology


External Advisory Board

To be determined