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Research Training

Training of researchers is an integral component of our mission at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and the McKnight Vision Research Center. Our comprehensive research training program offers mentored training experiences. Training is provided in the interdisciplinary areas of biomedical sciences, biomedical engineering, and clinical research. Both short and long-term opportunities are available for trainees at all levels.

Training Opportunities

Scientists, clinicians, or clinician/scientists with doctoral degrees including the PhD, MD, or OD are invited to apply for post-doctoral research training positions. The training period is arranged with the preceptor. The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine operates a Postdoctoral Programs Office that provides the post-doctoral trainee with additional educational opportunities and a broader environment for collegial interaction.

The University of Miami offers a number of opportunities for students seeking rigorous training in bioscience or biomedical engineering leading to the PhD, MD/PhD or MS degrees. All graduate students in the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine are admitted through the Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS). If a student chooses the lab of a McKnight Vision Research Center investigator, additional focused training is provided by our program in eye and vision research. McKnight Vision Research Center investigators are affiliated with the following University of Miami graduate programs:

School of Medicine

  • PhD in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • PhD in Neuroscience
  • PhD in Physiology & Biophysics
  • PhD in Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology
  • PhD in Microbiology & Immunology
  • PhD in Molecular Cell & Developmental Biology
  • PhD in Human Genetics and Genomics

College of Engineering

  • MS or PhD in Biomedical Engineering

Medical Students
Students from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, or other accredited US or foreign medical schools, are invited to apply for short or long-term research training experiences. To apply, download this form and fax/scan to

Research Scholarship for Medical Students
The Dr. Larry J. Singerman and Dr. Stephen G. Schwartz Research Scholarship enables medical students to become immersed in a high impact research experience at a critical time during their professional education. Each selected research scholar will work with a mentor at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in conducting basic, translational, or clinical research from June 1 to May 31. Learn more.   

Undergraduate students from the University of Miami or other US universities are invited to apply for short-term research training experiences. To apply, download this form and fax/scan to

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Community Outreach provides additional information on research activities for students interested in volunteering at Bascom Palmer.

Specific opportunities are available for minorities and economically-disadvantaged students. Visit the Office of Undergraduate Research and Community Outreach Web page for additional information.

Additional Information

For further information, please contact the individual below overseeing the opportunity level that best fits your qualifications:

Post-doctoral applicants

Vittorio Porciatti, PhD
Professor of Ophthalmology, Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering and Director and Vice Chairman of Research

Medical students, undergraduate and high school trainees

Abigail S. Hackam, PhD
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology