MS in Biomedical Research Technologies

The application of advanced technologies is of central importance to biomedical sciences. Biomedical research cores have developed over the years as centralized facilities that have specialized expertise in various technologies to help advance biomedical research. Biological and medical sciences have made great strides owing also to the development and application of such technical expertise, whether through proficiency in viewing cells in motion (imaging core), analyzing genes and gene expression (genomics core), or protein profiling (proteomics core), to name a few. These developments—and their reliance on technology—have created a demand for individuals with the skills and ability to understand, apply, and potentially be part of developing new biological technologies toward investigation of biological problems.

The Master of Science in Biomedical Research Technologies will prepare future experts with a solid grasp of principles underlying a research core’s operation and its relevance to an array of biomedical problems, as well as with the technical skills to implement these technologies. A broad knowledge acquired through courses, such as Biology of Disease, Biochemistry, etc., will aid in interdisciplinary implementation of learned technologies. Graduates will be able to apply ongoing and new emerging technologies to biomedical research in highly competitive research settings, whether in the pharmaceutical industry or academia. Graduates will also be able to apply to a PA, PhD or MD, or MD/PhD program.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the MS in Biomedical Research Technologies will be required to complete a minimum of 32 graduate credit hours that include completion of either a Capstone Project (assigned a letter grade) or a library-based thesis (graded as Pass/Fail). The program is designed to allow graduation within a year of study. Core courses will include theory as well as practicum in research cores relevant to biomedical sciences, such as flow cytometry, imaging, metabolic function, or proteomics, in addition to electives offered in areas related to the Science behind the Technology, Business Management, and Clinical/Translational Research.

Admissions Requirements

A typical applicant should have the following credentials:

  • A bachelor’s degree in biological or biomedical or biotechnology sciences, including a passing grade in Organic Chemistry and/or Biochemistry and/or Molecular Biology (or an equivalent course required as background for the core curriculum)
  • A minimum of a 3.0 GPA
  • Two letters of recommendation, with at least one from a science professor
  • GRE is NO longer required (only optional)

For inquiries about admission, please contact Dr. Louis Gerstenfeld or Dr. Francesca Seta; for general inquiries, please contact Dr. Katya Ravid.

Curriculum

Required Courses

Fall Semester

  • Biological Core Technology (3 cr)
  • Biochemistry/Cell Biology (valid for medical school) (6 cr)
  • Organ System Disease (may be offered in spring) (2 cr)
  • Elective courses (see below our full selection)

Spring Semester

  • Elementary Biostatistics (2 cr)
  • Molecules to Molecular Therapeutics (2 cr)
  • Biological Core Technology (Practicum) (2 cr)
  • Elective courses (see below our full selection)

Summer Semester

  • Capstone Project or Library-Based Thesis

Sample Elective Courses

  • Gene Targeting in Transgenic Mice
  • Mass Spectrometry, Proteomics and Functional Genomics
  • Molecular Basis of Neurologic Diseases
  • Pathology and Pathophysiology of Disease
  • Human Biospecimens for Research
  • Business of Science

See our full selection of electives here: http://www.bumc.bu.edu/gms/brt/curriculum/courses/