The Master of Science in
Translational Research and Applied Medicine

The one-year Master of Science in Translational Research and Applied Medicine (M-TRAM) trains the next generation of academic and industry leaders to successfully translate scientific discoveries and clinical applications into practical solutions that improve and save lives. 

Drawing on Stanford Medicine’s exceptional expertise in medicine, technology, and business, M-TRAM is the only early translational program of its kind on the West Coast and one of only a few such one-year programs offered by a top-ranked U.S. university.

A Program Designed for Emerging Leaders

M-TRAM provides the world-class training required to successfully advance promising biomedical solutions in both academic and industry settings – from early-stage research to full regulatory approval. The one-year program is ideal for physicians; biotechnology/pharmaceutical sector, medical, business and legal professionals; medical and graduate students; and recent college graduates

An Exceptional Professional Community

Students learn from and network with accomplished leaders and peers: M-TRAM’s directors, who have exemplary medical, clinical research, and industry experience, other renowned Stanford faculty, leaders in the biotechnology industry, and a talented student cohort.

Enriching, Rigorous, and Widely Applicable

Spanning medicine, basic research, technology, and business disciplines, M-TRAM combines flexible classroom learning, hands-on clinical research and biotechnology training, and mentoring by renowned Stanford scholars and top industry executives. Technology areas of focus include immunotherapy, gene therapy, vaccines, biomarkers, single-cell omics, and medical devices.

Applications are Closed for 2024-2025

M-TRAM is committed to building a cohort representing a variety of demographic, cultural, and professional backgrounds. Candidates outside and inside Stanford, including international students, are invited to apply to join our program. Application portal is now closed for Fall 2024. We will be accepting applications for 2025-2026 in September 2025 (applications portal). 


This brand new graduate certificate, being planned for M-TRAM, comprises 3 required courses in translational medicine and one elective.

The core of the certificate program is the "A to Z of Medical Translation" sequence, comprising two of the required courses that delve into the complex landscape of medical translation, including preclinical development and advanced topics in biopharmaceutical development. These courses provide a strong foundation essential for understanding the industry's nuances. Alongside these core courses, you will take "Human Studies in Drug Development" to gain comprehensive insights into clinical pathways and regulatory requirements. As an elective, you can choose either "Biotechnology Law" or the third course in the "A to Z of Medical Translation" series, "Emerging Trends in Drug Development and Next-gen Innovations", each course allows you to explore specific issues in drug development in depth.


  • Gain a deep understanding of medical translation
  • Engage with industry professionals
  • Build a strong foundation for successful careers in the field of medical translation and biopharmaceutical development
  • Earn a Stanford Graduate Certificate (that can be a stepping stone to M-TRAM Master's degree).



M-TRAM’s Commitment to Diversity

M-TRAM seeks to expand pathways for access and success for students who have been historically underrepresented in graduate education and to build a student cohort that represents intellectual, demographic, and cultural diversity across clinical, basic research and technical backgrounds. Learn more about Diversity at Stanford Medicine.  



Join Us for the M-TRAM Symposium on September 9th, 2024, featuring Keynote Speakers, John Milligan (Former CEO, Gilead Sciences), Ruth O'Hara, PhD (Senior Associate Dean of Research) and Lloyd Minor, MD (Dean of Stanford Medicine)!


M-TRAM invites you to our exciting symposium, centered on the theme of academia-industry collaborations. 

This highly anticipated gathering will bring together experts in translational research from academia, biotech, and the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Engage in thought-provoking conversations with leading minds in translational medicine
  • Gain valuable insights from our distinguished lineup of keynote speakers, including industry leaders, renowned academic researchers, and successful entrepreneurs.
  • Network and collaborate with professionals across Stanford, biotech and pharmaceutical industries, fostering interdisciplinary partnerships.


The symposium highlights M-TRAM’s commitment to harnessing Stanford’s strengths in medicine, technology, and business, and enhancing them through robust partnerships with the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a transformative event in healthcare innovation. We look forward to seeing you there!



M-TRAM Inaugural Symposium, on September 11, 2023, was a groundbreaking event that brought together translational research experts from academia, biotech and pharma industry.

Our esteemed lineup of speakers included industry leaders, renowned researchers, and successful entrepreneurs who shared their insights and experiences.  

Our next M-TRAM Symposium will be held on September 9th, 2024 at the Stanford Medicine campus.

Applications portal is now closed  

for the 2024/2025 academic year

We will be accepting applications for 2025/26

in the Fall of 2024.


Questions? Contact us!

Important Dates

September 2024 to January 2024:

  • Applications accepted for 2025/26


December, 2024 (date tba):

  • M-TRAM info session webinar for prospective students 


January 15, 2025:

  • Applications are due for 2025/26


April, 2025:

  • Admission Decisions


Sept. 2025: (date tba)

  • M-TRAM research symposium and New Students Orientation (in person) - stay tuned for registration info


Sept. 22, 2025:

  • First day of classes at Stanford (M-TRAM program starts)


Interested in Becoming an M-TRAM Industry Partner?

We welcome inquiries from biotechnology, pharmaceutical and other health care organizations interested in learning about opportunities to partner with M-TRAM: