Enrichment & Other Programs

Leder Human Biology and Translational Medicine 

The future success of translational research relies upon training a cadre of dedicated and talented individuals who are well versed in human biology. There is a critical need for graduate programs that provide for the integrated training of PhD students in the translation of advances in basic investigation to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Harvard University recently created two programs- the Leder Medical Sciences Program and the Program in Human Biology and Translational Medicine- to achieve this goal. Points of common interest and the potential for synergy between these two programs were rapidly recognized, and the Leder Medical Sciences Program and Human Biology and Translational Medicine Programs have now joined in partnership to form the new Leder Human Biology and Translational Medicine (LHB) PhD Program.


Leder Human Biology Website


Therapeutics Graduate Program

The Therapeutics Graduate Program focuses on pharmacology, toxicology and drug discovery, emphasizing research in both HMS labs and in real-world internships. Our goal is to train a new generation of investigators who embrace change and who view systems pharmacology as integral to all their work.


The certificate program offers rigorous, multidisciplinary training relevant to identifying and developing novel therapeutics, understanding and investigating mechanisms of drug action, analyzing the reasons for clinical failures, and developing new compounds and applying them in preclinical and clinical studies to improve the treatment of disease.


This program will provide students with the tool kit and skills necessary for these aims, including quantitative skills and modern cutting-edge techniques. This involves elucidating and understanding biological pathways and therapeutic mechanisms, understanding adverse effects to limit toxicity, identifying novel therapeutic targets, and characterizing the pharmacologic profiles (pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics) of new compounds. Students will understand the social implications and impact of these activities, and we therefore aim to link this training to industrial, clinical, and regulatory activities and to encourage students to consider their studies in a society-wide context.


Please visit the Therapeutics Program website to learn more about this program.





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