Seminar-Based Courses


Graduate Seminar

Our invited seminar program brings speakers from laboratories around the world to interact with the students and other members of the Program. Seminars are held throughout the academic year.

Each speaker has an informal lunch with interested students. Each year students invite and host several guest speakers.

The Sterling Visiting Professorship and Lecture

The Sterling Lecture is given in honor of the former Dean of the Sackler School, Professor of Pharmacology, and “father” of clinical pharmacology, Louis Lasagna is a highlight of the seminar series each year.

Learn more about the Sterling Lecture here.

Student Research Workshop

All students in PPET that are engaged in dissertation research are required to convene meetings of their dissertation advisory committee at least twice per year to present and discuss progress and develop plans for future work.

At least one of these meetings per year is designated an “Open Committee Meeting” to which all interested program participants (faculty, students, postdocs and technicians) are invited to attend and contribute to the discussions. A short closed meeting of the student and dissertation committee usually follows the open meeting.

Journal Club

All students participate in a journal club. The club meets for one hour each week during spring and fall semesters. At each Journal Club session, each student presents a precis of a significant paper in the field, reviewing the question under study, the experimental approach, the significant findings and the implications of the observations. Papers are chosen by the students and approved by a program faculty member with knowledge of paper topic. The course aims to train all students in the critical reading of the scientific literature, to make the current literature available to the students and to provide significant opportunities for students to hone their presentation skills.

Contact Information









Emmanuel Pothos, PhD
Program Director

Administrative Office
Stearns 514
Phone: 617-636-6940
Fax: 617-636-2990

Health Science Campus

Health Science Campus Sign

The Health Sciences Campus is home to Sackler, the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nutrition, Tufts Medical Center and several research institutes.

Apply to the Sackler School


The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research