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Medical Doctor (M.D.)/Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biomedical Research

Why an MD/PhD?

MD/PhDs blend the discovery of new knowledge with clinical medicine at the intersection of science and medicine. Most graduates work as physician-scientists at medical schools, conducting disease-related research and applying the results to the treatment of patients. They have a unique perspective on both the basic science and clinical science behind disease. Further information is available at the Association of American Medical Colleges website (

Overview of MD/PhD program 

Students in this program will be involved in course work, research activities and clinical training for the entire calendar year for the duration of the program. While the first year of medical school begins in August, the MD/PhD program begins the first week of July with orientation followed by a month-long research lab rotation. Students are also required to submit an MD/PhD fellowship application before the end of the third year of the program.

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  • AMCAS Application must be submitted by November 1.
  • Supplemental Application must be submitted by December 15.
  • Submit official MCAT score; 498 or better is preferred. 
    • Applicants with an MCAT score between 496-498 will be considered with exceptional research productivity [as evidenced by multiple peer reviewed publications] on a case by case basis. 
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better, or a post-baccalaureate (e.g., Master of Science) GPA of 3.4 or better, are preferred.
    • Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 will be considered with exceptional research productivity [as evidenced by multiple peer reviewed publications] on a case by case basis. 
  • Submit official transcripts highlighting all prerequisites passed with a grade "C" or better.  
    • Prerequisite coursework includes:

MD Required Courses 

PhD Required Courses 

2 semesters of General Biology (with lab) 2 semesters of General Biology (with lab) 
2 semesters of General Chemistry (with lab)   2 semesters of General Chemistry (with lab) 
2 semesters of Organic Chemistry (with lab) 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry (with lab) 
2 semesters of Physics (with lab) 2 semester of Physics (with lab) 
1 semester of Biochemistry (with lab) 1 semester of Biochemistry or Cellular Biology (with lab)
2 semesters of English 
2 semesters of Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Applicants who are admitted to the MD/PhD program will earn the following:

  • A tuition waiver for the entire length of the program.
  • A yearly stipend equivalent to the PhD student stipend (currently $25,000) for all years of the program. The stipend and tuition are considered in-house, no interest educational loans that will be forgiven by completion of the MD/PhD dual degree program.

If a student chooses to leave the MD/PhD program, he/she will have to reimburse the School of Medicine for the stipend and tuition benefits received.

  • Applicants must demonstrate quality research outside of classes at the undergraduate or post-baccalaureate level in the form of recent, past five years, published abstracts for scientific meetings and/or publications. 
  • Up to 3 applicants are admitted each academic year.
  • Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis until class is filled.  
  • Preference is given to West Virginia residents, Marshall University graduates, and students within the Masters of Science in Biomedical Research with Medical Sciences and Research Emphasis.  
    • Regardless of their state of residency, applicants are considered only if they are U.S. citizens or have permanent resident visas.

Nick Bacon

Mentor: Dr. Vincent Sollars
Project Name: “Crippling Rapid Evolution of Metastasis and Efflux Dependent Drug Resistance in A549 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Cells With The Clinically Relevant HSP90 Inhibitor AUY922
Undergraduate Institution:

Tanner Bakhski

Mentor: Philippe Georgel, Ph.D.
Project Name: Epigenetic Dysregulation in Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma
Undergraduate Institution: Marshall University

Taylor Boggess

Mentor: Dr. Chris Risher
Project Name: Investigating the role of astrocytes in the development of synaptic connectivity in a rodent model of neonatal abstinence syndrome
Undergraduate Institution: University of South Florida

Jeremiah Matson

Mentor: Vincent Munster, PhD (NIH/NIAID)
Project Name: Co-infections in  Ebola virus disease 
Undergraduate Institution: Cedarville University

Arrin Brooks 

Mentor: Dr. Brandon Henderson 
Project Name: TBD
Undergraduate Institution: Marshall University

Renat Royteberg 

Mentor: Dr. Hongwei Yu 
Project Name: TBD
Undergraduate Institution: La Salle University

Cora Miracle 

Mentor: TBD 
Project Name: TBD  
Undergraduate Institution: University of Cincinnati


Uma Sundaram, MD

Vice Dean, Office of Research & Graduate Education 
Phone: 304-691-1841

Richard Egleton, PhD

Co-DirectorMU JCESOM Graduate Program 
Phone: 304-696-3523

Marlenea Brand, MPA 

Administrative Director of Graduate Studies 
Phone: 304-696-7399