A one-stop-shop for translational biomarker research. Understanding Biomarker Science: From Molecules to Images
At a glance
Opportunity for
  • Individuals interested in learning and applying translational biomarker science to i) understand pathogenesis and mechanisms of biology/disease; ii) design preclinical and clinical studies for disease monitoring as well as therapeutic responses. This course will provide an overview of the translational biomarker development pipeline from discovery to applications and commercialization.
  • MD, DMD, PharmD, or PhD, and be poised to begin or be actively engaged in basic or clinical research;
    or BS/MS with >7 years of experience in biomarker science
  • Must commit to four full days.
Time commitment
  • Four days
  • Endorsement Form: Applicants are required to upload an endorsement form signed by a supervisor as part of the application. Please complete this form prior to starting the application.
Session dates
  • May 4-7, 2020
Application due
  • 5:00pm on March 13, 2020
  • All applicants will be notified of their status no later than March 27, 2020.
Please complete the endorsement form prior to starting your application.

Overview of Understanding Biomarker Science (UBS) 2020

The UBS course was developed to prepare clinical and translational investigators who conduct, or who are planning to conduct, basic, translational, or clinical biomarker research. This 9th iteration of the course includes:

  • 30+ sessions divided into seven blocks, covering a range of topics from biomarker discovery to validation and entrepreneurship
  • Hands-on workshops to learn statistical analysis for biomarker evaluation
  • Interactive case study that addresses the use of biomarkers in early clinical development of a therapeutic candidate
  • Career guidance in biomarker science
  • Networking with over 100 attendees and speakers

Testimonials from past course participants:

"This was one of the best programs I have ever attended in terms of structure, content, and schedule. I thank you for the opportunity."

"The program confirmed a lot of my thinking and exposed me to real-life challenges that I would be thinking about as I jump into development of companion diagnostics."

Course Outline

  • Fundamental Concepts in Biomarker Research
  • How to Advance Biomarker Research
  • Technologies in Biomarker Discovery
  • Types of Biomarkers
  • Biomarkers in Health and Disease
  • Case Study

Course Schedule [PDF]

All course materials, including presentations by the faculty and recommended resources, will be made available to attendees after course completion.

Course Completion

Upon completion, participants will receive 1) a certificate of course participation, and 2) CME credit (if applicable).

The Harvard Catalyst Education Program is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Read More

Read about current research on the use of biomarkers in heart transplants, funded in part by Harvard Catalyst.

Watch Videos

See videos of previous Biomarkers courses in LearnResearch.