About Us


Maximum Opportunities:
6 Departments, programs representing more than 120 Laboratories.

Students entering the BRTP have the opportunity to explore a variety of research laboratories and academic programs. Students can rotate through any of the >120 research laboratories affiliated with the 5 basic science departments: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy, Pathology & Microbiology, Pharmacology & Experimental Neuroscience, Cellular & Integrative Physiology and the Cancer Research Graduate Program. Students may also do Ph.D. research in laboratories in the departments of Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology and Surgery. The research interests of the BRTP faculty are largely focused in eight topic areas as described in the following pages. These areas are: Cancer Biology, Cardiovascular Biology, Cell and Developmental Biology, Cell Signaling, Genetics, Immunology, Molecular Biology, and Neuroscience. Before the end of the first year, students select their thesis research laboratory and degree-granting program in which to enter as second year students.

A Solid Foundation:
Curriculum, Rotations, and Seminars.

During the first year, students take an integrated curriculum that forms the foundation of their graduate training. The core curriculum consists of four courses:

  • BRTP 821: Macromolecular Structure and Function (PDF)*
  • BRTP 822: The Cell and Gene Regulation (PDF)*
  • BRTP 823: Molecular Cell Biology (PDF)*
  • BRTP 824: Cell Signaling (PDF)*

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During the first year, students usually perform research rotations in four laboratories. The curriculum, along with research rotations, provides the first year student with a strong, multidisciplinary foundation that is important for success in modern biomedical research. In addition, students can attend a wide variety of regularly scheduled seminars given by research scientists visiting UNMC.

Subsequent Training:

After the first year, students then complete the curriculum of the selected department. Additional course requirements depend upon the interests and goals of the student and are defined on an individual basis by the student's Supervisory Committee. A comprehensive examination is required for admission to Ph.D. candidacy. After the second year, students spend most of their time performing the Ph.D. thesis research project. The Ph.D. is awarded upon the successful completion of the thesis research dissertation.

Student Group

There are over 3,400 students at UNMC receiving health sciences related training (MD, Pharmacy, Nursing, Allied Health, etc.). Approximately 250 students are pursuing their Ph.D. in the various research laboratories; and half of these students are women.  Visit the Student Services website.

Student Outcomes

Former students who have received their PhDs at UNMC currently hold academic positions at a variety of Universities and have positions at a variety of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

The Medical Center

The University of Nebraska Medical Center is the health sciences training and biomedical research university for the state of Nebraska. UNMC employs 3500 individuals and consists of the School of Allied Health and the Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy. The 112 acre UNMC campus is located in the center of Omaha within a five minute drive of downtown Omaha and the historic Old Market (restaurant and entertainment) district.

Correspondence and Information 

BRTP Coordinator
Biomedical Research Training Program

University of Nebraska Medical Center
985520 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha NE 68198-5520

Telephone: 402-559-3362 / 800-517-3362
Fax: 402-559-8266
Email: brtp@unmc.edu