Meet the Director
Dr. Gary K. Owens
Director, UVA MD/PhD
We are in the midst of the most exciting time in the history of biomedical research. We are rapidly gaining an understanding of the underlying basis of human disease and developing not only new treatments, but also possible cures. Given the complexity of human disease and the necessity of understanding it at the cellular and molecular level as well as at the whole organ level, it is the physician-scientist who will undoubtedly play an increasingly important role in advances in biomedical research in the coming years. The goal of our MST Program is to provide our students with the knowledge and skills to lead efforts to treat and cure human disease in the 21st Century.
As you look through our Web pages, I hope you will sense the commitment of our faculty and students to their research, their dedication to excellence, and their enthusiasm for teaching and learning. Completion of an MST Program is not easy. Indeed, there are many long hours of studying, and many days and evenings in the laboratory. However, the rewards are significant. There is little that can match the joy and excitement of discovery, the satisfaction of understanding a complex process, and the confidence that you are contributing to improvements in the health of mankind.
We believe that the MST Program at the University of Virginia School of Medicine is one of the best in the country. We invite you to join us!