This interdepartmental study program is designed to provide third year medical students with an in-depth basic science or translational research experience in nutritional and metabolic mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of chronic diseases. Faculty in the study program are engaged in investigating fundamental nutritional and metabolic regulatory mechanisms, including application of comprehensive metabolic analysis tools ("metabolomics") for the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with chronic diseases. Faculty members in this study track come from numerous departments, including Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Medicine, Microbiology and Medical Genetics, Pathology, and Pharmacology and Cancer Biology. Students who elect this study program undertake a research project in a laboratory under the guidance of a faculty preceptor and participate in appropriate seminar series. In addition, with the permission of their mentor and study program director, students may take course work each term to complement their research interests. Due to the wide range of research opportunities available, course work is individually tailored to the interests of the student by the faculty preceptor.