Academic Programs Catalog

College of Human Medicine

Department of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine

Jack Lipton, Chairperson


The Department of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine (TSMM) is a research-intensive department focused on the study and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. The current faculty within TSMM study Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Traumatic Brain Injury/Neuroinflammation. For first year College of Human Medicine medical students, TSMM offers Molecular Neuropathology of Neurodegenerative Diseases which provides advanced study of the pathological hallmarks, pathological molecules, symptomatology, diagnostic criteria, genetic and environmental risk factors, and the epidemiology and socioeconomics of neurodegenerative diseases.  TSMM faculty members also participate in mentor-based education for students pursuing doctoral degrees through the Neuroscience and the Biomolecular Science graduate programs. TSMM strives to provide research opportunities and resources to students in pursuing translational neuroscience research. The faculty also have a comprehensive program of community outreach and education for patients and the lay public.