Program Focus and Outcomes

M-TRAM trains students to develop, implement, and / or lead the translation of research discoveries and clinical applications into biomedical innovations. Technology areas of focus include immunotherapy, gene therapy, vaccines, biomarkers, drug discovery, single-cell omics, and medical devices. 

Blending core medicine, technology, and business components, M-TRAM combines flexible classroom learning with hands-on, team-based clinical research, one-on-one mentoring by renowned Stanford faculty and investigators, and on-site biotechnology training.

By the end of the one-year program, students will have gained the problem-solving skills, competencies, and strategies to:

  • Apply clinical specimens to emerging technologies

  • Expand professional networks and career opportunities

  • Develop a full product development plan encompassing pre-clinical, clinical, manufacturing, and regulatory modules

  • Identify unmet medical needs

  • Develop medical hypotheses

  • Design pre-clinical and clinical studies

Curriculum Overview

M-TRAM’s rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum covers the translational landscape – from early-stage research through to full regulatory approval – and the strategies to develop, test, and implement novel biomedical solutions in both academic and industry settings. Faculty are leaders in their fields and are based in Medicine, Pediatrics, Radiology, Engineering, and other Stanford schools and departments, including Pathology, Surgery, Dermatology, Endocrinology,Epidemiology, Biomedical Informatics, and Chemical & Systems Biology.

The M-TRAM curriculum is comprised of: 

  • 50+ units of core science, biomedical technology, drug discovery and clinical study design courses spanning four consecutive quarters

  • Flexibly structured coursework, which allows students who are employed to work part time during the program’s duration

  • Clinical and research rotations in a hospital, research laboratory, or a biotechnology company
  • A summer biotechnology/biopharma industry internship designed to gain hands-on drug development experience, 
  • A faculty-mentored capstone research project in industry or academia
  • Quarterly student performance self-assessments

M-TRAM Student Profile

  • Physicians and medical students
  • Recent college graduates
  • Graduate students
  • Academic research assistants
  • Biotechnology professionals
  • Business, legal, and medical professionals
I want to better the lives of those around me through innovative clinical applications. M-TRAM teaches effective translational research methods that I will utilize in my future career in medicine.

Chris Aboujudom, BS
M-TRAM Class of 2023

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: