BioMarin latest partner on Dominican master's

Company, Buck Institute join with university to give students hands-on research

BioMarin Pharmaceutical and Dominican University have partnered to offer research-based master's of science degrees administered by the college.

Last year, Dominican and the Buck Institute created a similar program. The master's in biological sciences is a research-intensive program unlike most similar post-graduate programs in that the students get real on-site lab experience.

"In fall 2008, we launched the M.S. in biological sciences with an emphasis on geroscience. This is the nation's first M.S. in biological sciences with an emphasis on age research," said Dr. Sibdas Ghosh, associate dean for academic development and professor in the department.

The program started with six students last fall. The school plans to grow the program to about 20 students by 2010.

Domincan University earlier this year created a strategic plan to improve the school, said Dr. Luis Calingo, executive vice president and chief academic officer.

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