Ph.D. Program

Research and Training Environment


The Graduate Program at the VCU School of Medicine provides two years of full support to all PhD level graduate students. In addition, the Graduate School has an emergency program for one-year of support of students whose mentors experience lapses in funding. Students receive an increase in stipend level ($1,000) after they successfully complete the Qualifying Examinations and advance to candidacy. 

Laboratory space of primary faculty in the program of Physiology and Biophysics is either recently built or newly renovated. The labs are in Sanger Hall and the Molecular Medicine Research Building (MMRB), which opened in the spring, 2009. State-of-the-art facilities exist within the Department of Physiology and Biophysics and the School of Medicine. Institutional core facilities at the MCV campus include Molecular Biology, Imaging, Transgenic Animal, Computational, Nucleic Acid Sequencing, etc. [see:]

Postdoctoral Fellows

The Program in Physiology and Biophysics actively involves postdoctoral fellows in participating laboratories. They participate in the seminar series (PHIS 690) through pre-seminar highlights, and they attend seminars and luncheons with the guest speakers. Together with doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows may invite guest speakers for the Departmental seminar series and host the guest’s visit. In addition, postdoctoral fellows present ongoing work in the Research Progress - Data Club seminars. The Program capitalizes on every opportunity to bring students and postdoctoral fellows together, as their respective research training benefits immensely from close interactions. Finally, interested postdoctoral fellows are offered teaching opportunities in undergraduate, graduate, and professional school courses. The following postdoctoral fellows train currently in participating laboratories:

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Current Postdoctoral Fellows [Lab]

  • De La Rosa Jimenez, Victor, PhD [Ramsey]
  • Dhindwal, Sonali, PhD [Samso]
  • Gao, Weihua, PhD [Zhou]
  • Jennings, Gareth, PhD [Hackett]
  • Kawano, Takeharu, PhD [Logothetis]
  • Li, Hongtao, PhD [Liu]
  • Liu, Miao, PhD [Qiao]
  • O’Brien, Laura, PhD [Logothetis/Bennett]
  • Qian, Jie, PhD [Lyall]
  • Shock, Lisa, PhD [Hackett]
  • Solis, Ernesto, PhD [De Felice]
  • Xu, Yu, PhD [Logothetis/Tseng]
  • Yang, Jiao, PhD [Liu]



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