The Business of Science: Georgia State University Offers New Graduate Degrees to Bring Discoveries to the Marketplace
By LaTina Emerson
Science is big business in Georgia, but sometimes graduate students in the biomedical sciences haven’t taken coursework to help prepare them for industry and commercialization of their discoveries.
Georgia State University is stepping into that gap with two new graduate degree programs to prepare students for careers in the biomedical sciences that will enhance human health and bring scientific discoveries to market.
The creation of both graduate programs is an extension of the academic and research mission of the Institute for Biomedical Sciences (IBMS), closely aligned with the university’s strategic plan that commits the university to develop distinctive graduate and professional programs to grow the next generation of researchers and societal leaders.
These innovative, interdisciplinary graduate programs were developed under the guidance of Dr. Tim Renick, vice provost and vice president for enrollment management and student success, and Dr. Lisa Armistead, associate provost for graduate programs, in conjunction with Dr. Kyle Frantz, senior faculty associate for special programs.
“With over $13 million in annual research funding, IBMS faculty include some of the nation’s top scientists,” Armistead said. “These are the same scientists and faculty who will be teaching and mentoring graduate students in these two graduate degree programs.”
The Ph.D. program will begin in fall 2017. The master’s degree program began in fall 2016.
“These cutting-edge, interdisciplinary programs represent another example of the innovation that has come to define Georgia State,” said Dr. Jian-Dong Li, director of the Institute for Biomedical Sciences.
The master’s degree, a Master of Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in biomedical enterprise, is a ground-breaking, interdisciplinary program offering coursework in science, business and law.
In partnership with Georgia State’s College of Law, J. Mack Robinson College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences, students will gain essential skills involved in the commercialization of scientific discovery.
The Ph.D., a Doctor of Philosophy in Translational Biomedical Sciences, is focused on educating and training the next generation of leaders to advance human health through scientific discovery.
The program will provide access to interdisciplinary training by world-class faculty mentors, cutting-edge biomedical research and modern facilities. Primary areas of study and research will include microbial pathogenesis, infectious disease, vaccinology, immune regulation, cancer biology, systems biology and translational medicine.
For more information about the degree programs, visit http://biomedical.gsu.edu/academics1/.
LaTina Emerson is a public relations coordinator and science writer at Georgia State University.