Prospective Students

Brendan Manning, Acting Chair
Brendan D. Manning.
Professor of Molecular Metabolism
Acting Chair, Department of Molecular Metabolism

On behalf of our faculty, thank you for your interest in the Department of Molecular Metabolism at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Established in 2003, our department includes 13 full-time faculty, 18 doctoral students, 55 research associates and fellows, and 3 research scientists.

Our faculty’s research is concentrated within several broad categories, including stress and inflammatory signaling pathways, nutrient sensing and molecular transport, oxidative stress, metabolic homeostasis, the role of nuclear hormone receptors, cell growth and proliferation, and protein stability. The diseases under study include nutritional and metabolic diseases (obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases), cancer, aging, and neurodegenerative diseases both at the mechanistic level and in the context of population studies. As most of these health problems emerge as clusters, the research involves multidisciplinary collaborations with faculty members in other HSPH departments and Harvard-affiliated centers, as well as other institutions.

Students interested in our department should apply to the Biological Sciences in Public Health (BPH) Ph.D. degree program administered through the Harvard Kenneth C. Griffin Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. I invite you to visit the BPH website for more detailed information. All application materials (including transcripts, reference letters, test scores, and statement of purpose) should be submitted through the online Harvard Griffin GSAS admissions application portal. Be sure to apply by the December 1 deadline.

I hope you find this site informative and helpful in determining whether our department offers training in areas of interest to you. Answers to most of your questions may be found on our website, but if you have other questions, please email members of the department directly or contact our department administrator, Katrina Soriano (kwright[at] We look forward to reviewing your application should you decide to apply.

Brendan D. Manning.