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The Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

The Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program trains independent research scientists to enable them to bridge the wide gulfs that currently exist between basic science research and clinical medicine. Graduate students acquire a broad understanding of human disease, therapeutics and design of predictive experimental model systems through an innovative and rigorous program that integrates medical curriculum with mentored research and critical analysis of research-based modeling of human pathophysiology.

The program grants Ph.D. and M.S. degrees and is for any student with a B.S./B.A. or M.D. or is currently in the M.D. program at UCR School of Medicine.

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Employment Opportunities

Interested in a career in the Division of Biomedical Sciences and the UCR School of Medicine? You can find a complete listing of open positions on the employment page of the SOM website.

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Biomedical Sciences News

Stephane Guardado and Edward Vizcarra at their wedding in El Salvador
Love & Research
During one of the first meetings after Stephanie Guardado joined the UC Riverside School of Medicine’s Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program from Cal Poly Pomona in 2016, one of her  faculty members casually mentioned that there was a chance that the students might be sitting in the room with their future spouse. Stephanie remembers quietly scoffing at the idea. To be fair, she was technically correct as it was a full year before her now-husband Edward Vizcarra joined the program in 2017.
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A person's arm is shown getting the vaccine
A shot in the arm
UC Riverside experts answer questions on Americans needing just one COVID-19 booster vaccine each year
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Monkeypox explained
UC Riverside experts discuss disease symptoms, vaccines, and anxiety management
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Dr. Tiwari-Woodruff at a lab computer with a student
The Search for a Multiple Sclerosis Treatment in Riverside
There’s currently no effective treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS), but Seema Tiwari-Woodruff, Ph.D. , the director of UCR's Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, may be well on her way to finding one.
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Dr. Heinrich in her lab
High-altitude Researcher Applies Findings to COVID-19
What can people living in the mountains of Peru teach us about people dealing with COVID-19 related oxygen deficiency? Actually, quite a bit. High-altitude exposure leads to hypoxia, or low levels of oxygen in the body—a condition that’s present in COVID-19 and many other medical conditions. Erica Heinrich, Ph.D., an assistant professor of biomedical sciences, studies the body’s adaptations to oxygen limitation to learn more about hypoxia-related diseases.
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Graduate student receives predoctoral fellowship for epilepsy research
Andrew Huang, a biomedical sciences graduate student at UC Riverside, has been awarded a one-year American Epilepsy Society Predoctoral Research Fellowship.  The $30,000 award includes $1,000 for Huang to use as travel funds to attend the annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society in December 2022. He will also receive a complimentary membership to the society for a year, giving him access to online education content as well as professional development resources.
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COVID-19 vaccines for very young children
UC Riverside vaccine expert David Lo shares his thoughts in a Q&A
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How does cannabis affect gut health?
A UC Riverside biomedical scientist has received a grant to investigate
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