PhD

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Research & Graduate Education
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Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences (PhD)

Overview

Thank you for your interest in the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine (MU JCESOM) PhD program.

In addition to taking an interdisciplinary approach to, and developing a broad basis in, the biomedical sciences, PhD students in the MU JCESOM graduate program may work in one of the following areas of interest with a faculty mentor within the department:

  • Epithelial transport
  • Regulation of intestinal sodium, glucose, amino acid
    • Regulation of renal Na-K-ATPase
    • Obesity related disorders
  • Intestinal inflammation
  • Renal disease
  • Toxicology
  • Breast cancer
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Addiction associated diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Bone growth abnormalities
  • Lipid homeostasis
  • Neurosciences

Centers of research include:

 When entering the PhD research program, students are required to complete rotations through a minimum of three different laboratories, each rotation consisting of at least 120 hours. These rotations help students build rapport with faculty and students, decide on their preferred area of research, and learn new research techniques.

For a complete list of research interests, see the faculty tabs below.

Piyali Dasgupta, PhD

Associate Professor

Beverly Delidow, PhD

Associate Professor

James Denvir, PhD

Associate Professor

Richard Egleton, PhD

Associate Professor/Research Cluster Coordinator

Todd L. Green, PhD

Associate Professor & Co-Director of Graduate Studies

Lawrence Grover, PhD

Full Professor

Brandon Henderson, PhD

Assistant Professor

Emine C. Koc, PhD

Associate Professor

Jiang Liu, MD, PhD

Associate Professor

Sandrine V. Pierre, PhD

Associate Investigator & Education Coordinator

Donald Primerano, PhD

Vice Chair of Biomedical Sciences; Professor/Director Genomics Core

Gary O. Rankin, PhD

Professor/Chair Biomedical Sciences

Laura Richardson, PhD

Director of Pre-Clinical Education/Professor

Travis B. Salisbury, PhD

Associate Professor

Nalini Santanam, PhD, MPH, FAHA

Professor & Research Cluster Coordinator

Maria A. Serrat, PhD

Associate Professor

Vincent Sollars, PhD

Director of the Flow Cytometry Core, Associate Professor

Monica Valentovic, PhD

Professor & Research Cluster Coordinator

Zijian Xie, PhD

Director, Marshall Institute of Interdisciplinary Research (MIIR)

Hongwei Yu, PhD

Professor & Research Cluster Coordinator

Subha Arthur, PhD

Assistant Professor

Shelvy L. Campbell

Assistant Dean of Diversity

Alfred A. Cecchetti, PhD, MSc, MSc IS

Clinical Informatics Data Architect

Todd Davies, PhD

Director Research Development & Translation

Todd Gress, MD, MPH

Assistant Dean & Director Clinical Research

Isabel Larre', PhD

Assistant Professor, DCTS

Uma Sundaram, MD

Vice Dean, Chairman, DCTS

Yangling Yan, PhD

Assistant Professor

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • One year of general biology, physics, general chemistry, and organic chemistry, all with associated laboratories. Although biochemistry and cell biology are not requirements for admission, they are highly recommended.
  • There is no minimum GRE score requirement; however, a score in the 50th percentile or greater on each section, verbal and quantitative, is preferred.
  • 3.0 GPA, based on a 4.0 scale.

  • Application Deadline

    Applications for the MU JCESOM PhD program are processed on a rolling basis and will be reviewed as soon as complete - please see the Application Process section, below. April 1st is the priority deadline for applications; however, we will accept and review applications until the class is full. For optimal admissions consideration, we recommend that you apply as early as possible.

    Application Process

    Domestic applicants: When you are ready to apply to the PhD program, the application process begins with the Marshall University Graduate Admissions Office. Click here to apply now. The non-refundable application fee is $40.

    In addition to the university application process, please complete the Graduate Program online form to which you will upload a COPY of your official transcript/s and GRE, as well as your statement of purpose and CV. Submission of the Graduate Program online form will notify the admissions committee of your interest.

    Three letters of recommendation from references familiar with the applicant’s relevant academic/professional performance. Print the reference form, complete your section, and provide both pages of the form to each of your three referees. All instructions are on the form.

    International applicants should apply through this site: http://www.marshall.edu/graduate/admissions/international-admission/

    Financial Assistance

    Accepted PhD students will receive an annual stipend, tuition remission, and $850 towards health insurance. The current stipend is $25,000 per year. Students also have access to Marshall University’s Student Health Clinic.

    In addition, students are strongly recommended to apply for grants. Examples of some of the fellowship and local grants that have been obtained by our students can be found on our Student Funding Opportunities page.

    Our program does not require PhD students to teach within the classroom in order to qualify for stipend funding, which allows students to focus on the requirements of their research. Opportunities for classroom instruction are available, and instruction in public speaking is a core element of the program.

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Core Curriculum

Students in the PhD program complete the following core set of courses:

  • Introduction to Nucleic Acids and Proteins (BMS 601)
  • Introduction to Cell Structure and Metabolism (BMS 602)
  • Regulation of Cell Function (BMS 603)
  • Cellular Basis of Disease (BMS 604)
  • Statistical Techniques for the Biomedical Sciences (BMS 617)
  • Communication Skills for Biomedical Sciences (BMS 660 and 661)
  • Seminar (BMS 680, minimum of 6 hours)
  • Introduction to Research (research rotations) (BMS 785)
  • Research (BMS 882, maximum of 15 hours)
  • Responsible Conduct of Research (BMS 644)

Students also must successfully complete additional courses as determined by their advisory committee. Please consult the advisory committee to learn more about their respective requirements.

Students select an advisory committee no later than the end of the first year of graduate education. The committee usually consists of at least five faculty members with appropriate expertise.

Duration of Program

Students generally complete the requirements of the PhD degree within five years. Students who possess a Master of Science degree in biomedical sciences or the equivalent when admitted generally require three to four years to complete the PhD degree.

Current PhD Students


Taha Ahmad


Mentor: Gary Rankin, PhD
Project Name: Studying Cytochrome 2B6 Genetic Polymorphisms in Sudden Death of Methadone Users in WV and KY
Undergraduate Institution: New Jersey City University
Graduate Institution: Marshall University (Forensic Science)
Hobbies: Baking, cooking
Email: ahmad7@marshall.edu
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Roy Al Ahmar


Mentor: Hongwei Yu, PhD
Project Name: Alginate regulation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Undergraduate Institution: University of Balamand
Graduate Institution: Marshall University (Forensic Science)
Hobbies: Body building, rugby, boxing, SLEEPING
Email: alahmar@marshall.edu


Deborah Amos


Mentor: Nalini Santanam, PhD, MPH, FAHA
Project Name: Effects of Exercise on Appetite Regulation and Gut Microbiome in a Novel Antioxidant Mouse Model
Undergraduate Institution: University of Charleston
Hobbies: God, lab, jogging, eating, community service, and knitting
Email: amos23@marshall.edu
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Adam Belcher


Mentor: 1st year student
Project Name: 1st year student
Undergraduate Institution: Marshall University
Hobbies: Computer building, video games, running, martial arts
Email: belcher111@marshall.edu
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Sarah Binion


Mentor: 1st year student
Project Name: 1st year student
Undergraduate Institution: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Email: binion2@live.marshall.edu
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Molly Butts


Mentor: Uma Sundaram, MD
Project Name: Investigation of intestinal transporters BOAT1 and SN2 in mouse and human enteroids
Undergraduate Institution: Allegheny College
Hobbies: Spending time with my dog, participating in the Marshall women’s rugby club, backpacking around the tristate area, and swimming at the Marshall Rec Center with other BMS students
Email: butts15@marshall.edu
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Adam P. Fischer


Mentor: W. Elaine Hardman, PhD and Sarah Miles, PhD
Project Name: The regulation of HIF-1 by ascorbic acid inhuman melanoma
Undergraduate Institution: Glenville State College
Hobbies: Fishing and movies
Email: fischer35@marshall.edu
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Jamie Friedman


Mentor: Piyali Dasgupta, PhD
Project Name: Structure Activity Relationship study of Capsaicin Derivatives, Arvanil, Olvanil, Palvinl, etc., in Small Cell Lung Cancer
Undergraduate Institution: Bethany College
Hobbies: Working out, playing softball, taking dog on walks and adventures, hanging out with BMS students on weekends and during lunches
Email: friedman4@marshall.edu
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Minqi Huang


Mentor: Zijian Xie, PhD
Project Name: Drug Development based on Na/K-ATPase
Undergraduate Institution: Wuhan University (China)
Hobbies: Soccer, reading
Email: huangm@marshall.edu
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Caroline A. Hunter


Mentor: Emine Koc, PhD
Project Name: The role of post-translational modifications of mitochondrial translation components in mitochondrial biogenesis.
Undergraduate Institution: Roanoke College
Hobbies: Playing tennis, listening to and playing music, hanging out with friends, any sort of crafts
Email: hunter118@marshall.edu
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Lexie Keding


Mentor: Hongwei Yu, PhD
Project Name: In vitro Cultivation and Genetic Characterization of Segmented Filamentous Bacteria
Undergraduate Institution: West Liberty University
Hobbies: Showing Arabian horses, road biking, triathlons, traveling, reading, cooking
Email: keding@marshall.edu
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Laura Kutz


Mentor: Zijian Xie, PhD and Sandrine Pierre, PhD (co-mentors)
Project Name: The Role of Na/K-ATPase α1 Signaling in Skeletal Muscle
Undergraduate Institution: Ohio University
Hobbies: Hiking and picnicking, baking, traveling, memorizing the specials at local restaurants
Email: kutz@marshall.edu
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Mani Maheshwari


Mentor: Oscar A. Carretero, MD
Project Name: Role of AcSDKP and altered hemodynamics in obesity related renal disease
Undergraduate Institution: 4. Madras Veterinary College, Chennai, India
Hobbies: Traveling, listening to music
Email: Maheshwari4@marshall.edu
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Becca Martin


Mentor: Jian Liu, PhD
Project Name: If PNaKtide is targeted to adipocytes, is kidney function and hypertension ameliorated through released mediators such as inflammatory markers and ROS?
Undergraduate Institution: Davis and Elkins College
Email: martin570@marshall.edu
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Garrett Muckleroy


Mentor: 1st year student
Project Name: 1st year student
Undergraduate Institution: Washington and Lee University
Hobbies: Skiing, soccer, reading, hiking, camping
Email: muckleroy@live.marshall.edu
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Shreya Mukherji


Mentor: 1st year student
Project Name: 1st year student
Undergraduate Institution: VES College of Pharmacy, Mumbai
Hobbies: Reading, Traveling, Photography
Email: mukherji@live.marshall.edu
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Rachel Murphy


Mentor: Gary Rankin, PhD
Project Name: Tenofovir Nephrotoxicity: A Mechanistic Study
Undergraduate Institution: Benedictine College
Email: murphy255@marshall.edu
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Niraj Nepal


Mentor: Uma Sundaram, MD
Project Name: Role of Na/K ATPase in intestinal Epithelial cells during maturation
Undergraduate Institution: Kathmandu University, Nepal Graduate University, West Virginia State University
Hobbies: Hiking and trekking
Email: nepal@marshall.edu
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Will O'Toole


Mentor: Richard Egleton, PhD
Project Name: Buprenorphine’s role in Endothelial Dysfunction and Architecture of Developing Vasculature through Modulation of BDNF
Undergraduate Institution: Marshall University
Hobbies: Amtgard, paintball, lifting weights, reading philosophy texts
Email: otoole4@marshall.edu
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Jackie Parkman


Mentor: Jung Han Kim, PhD
Project Name: Molecular mechanism of lfi202b on high fat diet induced obesity
Undergraduate Institution: Washington State
Email: parkman@marshall.edu
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Sean A. Piwarski


Mentor:Travis Salisbury, PhD
Project Name:TCDD Regulates JAGGED1 via the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor
Undergraduate Institution: California Lutheran University Graduate: Marshall University
Email: apiwarski@marshall.edu
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Holly Racine


Mentor: Maria Serrat, PhD
Project Name:Heat enhanced activity of bone-lengthening drugs in the growth plate
Undergraduate Institution: Seton Hill University
Hobbies: being a mom (that counts right?), hiking, skiing, upcycling projects (such as restoring old furniture)
Awards: A. american association of anatomists travel awards 2014, 2015 & 2016 and B. NASA Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research Fellowship 2014-2015 titled “Unilateral heating to increase IGF1 uptake and bone length in mice”
Meetings presented at: A. Experimental Biology 2014-2016 and B. Marshall University Research Day 2013 & 2016
Email: tamski@marshall.edu
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Sarah Stevens


Mentor: Shekher Mohan, PhD
Project Name: Assessing the effects of neuroprotective agents in a mouse model of opioid-induced neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)
Undergraduate Institution: Cedarville University
Hobbies: Kayaking, white water rafting, reading, running
Email: stevens107@marshall.edu
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Dakota Ward


Mentor: Monica Valentovic, PhD
Project Name:
Undergraduate Institution: Marshall University
Email: ward210@marshall.edu
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Kristeena Wright


Mentor: Nalini Santanam, PhD
Project Name: Epigenetics in endometriosis and its associated pain
Undergraduate Institution: Duke University
Email: ray137@marshall.edu
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Questions?

We hope you have an interest in the PhD program at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the Co-Directors listed below.

Leadership

Uma Sundaram, MD

Vice Dean, Office of Research & Graduate Education
Phone: (304) 691-1841
sundaramu@marshall.edu

Richard Egleton, PhD

Co-Director, MU JCESOM Graduate Program
Phone: (304) 696-3523
egleton@marshall.edu

Todd L. Green, PhD

Co-Director, MU JCESOM Graduate Program
Phone: (304) 696-3531
green@marshall.edu