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The Master of Science in Translational Medicine (MSTM) is a two-year KGI–Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope (IMGS) joint program. Graduates will be uniquely positioned to begin research laboratory careers in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry, clinical or academic laboratories, or pursue further education at the doctoral level, medical education, or both.

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This program provides students with an applied research experience and an in-depth understanding of how to translate basic research into medical products from the perspectives of both academic research (discovery) and downstream commercial development.

MSTM Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Generate hypotheses and perform hypothesis-driven research
  • Design research and methodology, and analyze and report data results
  • Assess the literature, identify knowledge gaps, and convey findings to the scientific community
  • Plan the translation of basic science and engineering discoveries into products and processes that benefit society
  • Communicate effectively in an industry environment composed of scientists, engineers, and business professionals
  • Adhere to ethical principles in research, development, and business issues inherent in the bioscience industries
  • Tackle complex problems and contribute productively on an interdisciplinary team

Where Can Your MSTM Degree Take You?

Here are the top occupations for KGI graduates from the MSTM program:

  • Research and development
  • Medical and health services
  • Natural sciences managers
  • Clinical research coordinators
  • Technical writers
  • Clinical manager
  • Clinical trial manager
  • Medical writer
  • Medical science liaison
  • Clinical operations manager

Stepping stone to doctoral degrees

  • MD/DO, PhD, PharmD, etc.

Journey for Two KGI Alumni Begins with Summer Explore Health Professions Program, Culminating in PhD and Med School

Dr. Abrar Al Maghribi, MS ’18, PhD '21, and Eemon Tizpa, MSTM '20, first became acquainted with Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in 2015, when they participated in KGI's Summer Explore Health Professions (SEHP) program. Now,...
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Argentinian MSTM Student Tali Kiperman Masters Challenging Course Material While Learning the Language

For many students, transitioning to all-online classes—especially for fields of study that are typically more lab-oriented—was a significant adjustment. However, for Tali Kiperman, MSTM '22, taking online classes for her first year at Keck Graduate...
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KGI’s MSTM Program Forges Symbiotic Partnership With City of Hope

This story was first published in the 2019-20 Annual Report. Translational medicine is an emerging field in which questions around the mechanisms of disease are used to guide research in order to find the most...
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KGI Student Eemon Tizpa Performs Award-Winning Research on Brain Cancer Drug

Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) Master of Science in Translational Medicine (MSTM) student Eemon Tizpa, MSTM '20, was destined to be a doctor. In fact, Tizpa, whose father and mother emigrated from Iran during the Iranian...
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KGI-IMGS Program Directors

Anastasia Levitin, PhD
Professor of Practice in Translational Medicine
KGI Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences

Yilun Liu, PhD
Associate Professor, Associate Chair, Department of Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics
Beckman Research Institute, City of Hope

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