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Graduate Committee

Dr. Laura Bilek and Dr. David Shaw (Co-Chairs and Program Co-Directors), Dr. Nicole Rodriguez, Dr. Carol Casey, Dr. Sharon Medcalf, Dr. Lani Zimmerman, Dr. Ka-Chun (Joseph) Siu, and Dr. Nora Sarvetnick

The Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area (MSIA) graduate program is structured to meet the needs of students seeking a PhD degree from UNMC with a focus on clinical, multi-disciplinary research and those pursuing clinically-relevant basic research training that may not be provided by other graduate or professional degree programs.  

The program is intended for those who wish to pursue individually designed programs of an interdisciplinary nature within the medical sciences.  Participating departments or research areas are called MSIA “sub-plans," with the PhD degree offered by the following sub-plans:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Clinical & Translational Research Mentored Scholars Program
  • Clinically Relevant Basic Research
  • Health Practice & Medical Education Research
  • Oral Biology
  • Patient-Oriented Research
  • Regenerative Medicine & Biomaterials Design