Welcome to the Masters in Translational Research

The objective of the Masters in Translational Research (MTR) program is to provide graduate students with in-depth instruction in the fundamental skills, methodology and principles necessary to become a well trained translational investigator. The program is designed to meet these objectives through the provision of didactic course work, a formal mentorship program, formal laboratory training, and specific ongoing guidance with hands-on exposure to protocol and grant development. Trainees are expected to complete a primary research project of their own design under the supervision of their primary mentor. The primary mentor will also play a role in helping the student identify a feasible research question for a thesis. The thesis should consolidate studentsí knowledge of the principles and practice of translational research, and provide their first experience in writing a comprehensive NIH grant style proposal.

Upon successful completion of the MTR program, graduates are expected to have developed a strong foundation in the fundamental techniques of translational research. They should be able to apply contemporary research tools to clinically relevant areas of investigation. The goal of the MTR program is to produce clinical researchers who are competitive in seeking research support and who are knowledgeable about the complex issues associated with conducting sound translational research. The MTR program will also assist in the promotion of translational research as a discipline within the PENN community.

Students may also elect to enroll in a specialized track.  The translational therapeutics track focuses on discovery of new treatments in an academic setting and transfer of this technology to industry for implementation in clinical practice.  The regulatory science track trains students in the "science of developing new tools, standards and approaches to assess the safety, efficacy, quality and performance of FDA-regulated products."

To obtain further information about the MTR program policies, procedures and administration, please refer to the Student Handbook. For eligibility requirements, tuition costs and applying to the MTR program, please visit the Application Information page.

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