Translational Science Intersessions

The Translational Science Intersessions occur in the last week of each quarter, and are taken by students who have completed one of the eight-week core clerkship rotations in that quarter. Students will generally complete four Translational Science Intersessions during their clinical curriculum. These intersessions are meant to present more advanced understanding of state-of-the-art translational science research with students who have had some clinical training. In general the format includes lecture, seminar-type discussions, journal clubs and student presentations with both basic science and clinical faculty. Students choose one small group topic within the general topic to focus the week.

The general topics for these courses are:

  • Cancer Director, Albena Dinkova-Kostova, Ph.D.
  • Metabolism Director, Stephen Gould, Ph.D.
  • Immunology Director, Michael Chattergoon, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Infectious Disease Director, Brendan Cormack, Ph.D.
  • Regenerative Medicine Director, Robert Stevens, M.D. & Elias Zambidis, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Genomic Medicine, Nara Sobreira M.D., Ph.D. & Joann Bodurtha, M.D.

One afternoon in each of these weeks is devoted to a discussion of ethics, using a lecture, case presentation and small group presentation led by faculty from the Berman Institute of Bioethics.

In a second afternoon session, students participating in the Intersession meet in small groups with their Colleges Advisory Program to discuss critical experience from the core clerkships.

Course Directors

Infectious Disease

Brendan P. Cormack, PhD

  • Director, Infectious Disease, Translational Science Intersessions
  • Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Regenerative Medicine

Genomic Medicine



Stephen J. Gould, PhD

  • Director, Graduate Program in Biological Chemistry
  • Professor of Biological Chemistry


Albena Dinkova-Kostova
Adjunct Professor
Part-time Primary: Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences; Part-time Secondary: Medicine


Susan Shultz
Medical Training Program Administrator
Email: [email protected]

Time Commitment and Course Length

This courses run for three to four days.