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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.

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 Student Gubidxa Gutierrez Seymour Examines Breast Cancer Susceptibility Among Latinas

Genomics is a rising field, yet the wealth of research has been conducted on people of European ancestry. Gubidxa Gutierrez Seymour, MSTM '20, a Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) and Irell & Manella Graduate School of...
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Student Visit to City of Hope Expands Knowledge of Research Opportunities

View the photo album from the COH Visit Day Students in the Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program arrived at City of Hope largely unfamiliar with the place they would spend...
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KGI and City of Hope Launch Master’s Program in Translational Medicine

For students with a strong interest in applied research, the new Master of Science in Translational Medicine (MSTM) program offered jointly by Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) and the Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at...
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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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