Graduate Students and MSTP MD/PhD Candidates

Graduate students who intend to perform their dissertation/thesis research in WUPC affiliated laboratories are provided with additional training in pain education and research, in addition to their program specific graduate-level training.

  • We offer the “Pain, Itch and Analgesia” course to PhD and MD/PhD students enrolled into Washington University Graduate College, in order to strengthen their knowledge on pain science.
  • Student trainees present and actively participate in the “Pain Journal Club”, a gathering of basic, translational and clinical researchers, as well as residents and fellows in the pain clinic to discuss recent research findings in pain. This discussion session is conducted every Thursday during the academic calendar.
  • A clinical shadowing program is also offered to PhD and MD/PhD students in the basic and translational pain research laboratories under WUPC. In this program the trainees shadow pain physicians in our pain clinic, attend clinical pain management seminars, journal clubs, and discussion sessions on specific pain syndromes/types in human patients. The goal of this program is to educate and stimulate the scientific thought process of these trainees, in order to enable them to connect their basic and translational pain research to specific human conditions human pain conditions.
  • Similarly, we also offer basic and translational research shadowing program to PhD and MD/PhD students in the clinical pain research laboratories. In this program, the student trainees can spend short-term training durations in basic and translational research laboratories, in order to strengthen their understanding of the science underlying specific human pain conditions, which they investigate in clinical set-up.

Graduate and MSTP students interested in performing research rotations (and/or to join) in laboratories under WUPC, please visit research, and the individual research groups/investigators pages to know details of specific pain research projects that are currently being conducted in our center. Please communicate with the group leaders and/or lead investigators directly.

Perspective students interested in entering into graduate programs in biological and biomedical sciences, please visit the Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences website, for detailed program information and application procedures.