Ph.D. Biomedical Science


During their first year, Ph.D. students complete four core modules (BMS 625). Individual programs of study are then developed for each student with coursework relevant to their research topic. In addition to core coursework, during their first year in the program Ph.D. students undertake a minimum of three laboratory research rotations hosted by faculty members in at least two of the five partner institutions. Students also have the option to do a fourth rotation. At the end of or during the rotation sequence, students identify their dissertation mentor and project.

Research findings are disseminated through national and international conferences, publication in high-profile scientific journals, and the patent literature. Numerous research opportunities and a generous stipend combine to create a highly competitive GSBSE Ph.D. program. Interested applicants are encouraged to request further information.


Orientation for new graduate students will be scheduled the week before the start of the Fall semester. New students should plan to attend.

Once accepted into either the Ph.D. in Biomedical Science or the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering program, and prior to the identification of a dissertation mentor, students will be advised by the First Year Advisory Committee (FYA). There is a FYA committee member at each partner institution, a listing of the committee composition may be found here. Issues and questions relating to laboratory rotations and coursework should be discussed with a FYA committee member. This FYA faculty member will maintain a role as an informal adviser and graduate student advocate, and will offer guidance throughout the student’s program, as necessary.

Questions or issues regarding registration for classes should be directed to the GSBSE office at

By the time the student has completed three or four rotations, the student will have chosen a home laboratory and assembled a dissertation committee. The role of advising in the academic programs will then fall to the mentor.