Bridging the gap between science research & clinical medicine

Biomed students posing in a fun photo in 2022

Our Degree Programs


Training the Next Generation of Biomedical Scientists

The Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences is an interdisciplinary translational research program that incorporates a medical school curriculum with basic science training. Our students become independent research scientists with skills that allow them to bridge the wide gulfs that exist between clinical medicine and basic science research.

The training leads to a Ph.D., combined M.D./Ph.D., or M.S. degree. Students have the opportunity to work with more than 60 faculty members from across the campus conducting interdisciplinary research at the forefront of more than a dozen different fields, including including neuroscience, bioengineering, immunology and molecular endocrinology.


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Our Faculty and Their Research

Our programs bring together more than 60 faculty members from across the campus, working together to add to our understanding of human disease and therapeutics. Our research areas include:

  • Neuroscience, Neurodevelopment and Neurodegeneration
  • Bioengineering
  • Cancer Biology
    • Stem Cells
  • Molecular Endocrinology
  • Microbiology and Infectious Disease
  • Vaccine Development
  • Mental Health and Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Regenerative Medicine
    • Stem Cells 
  • Drug Design and Receptor Biology
  • Immunology, Chronic Inflammatory and Autoimmune Diseases
  • Gene Regulation and Epigenetics
  • Physiology and Fluid Transport
  • Neurotoxicity and endocrine-disruption
  • Environmental Toxicology

Admission to Biomedical Sciences

Effective September 2020: GRE requirement optional

Due to the impact caused by COVID-19, the graduate program in Biomedical Sciences will alter the admissions requirements for all applicants. The GRE test is no longer required as an admissions requirement for the M.S. or Ph.D. programs. If you have completed the test, please continue to report your scores via your application.

Students may apply to the Ph.D., or the M.S. programs through the Graduate Division website.

The application portal for the Ph.D. program will open September 2022 for Summer 2023 admissions. December 1, 2022 is the deadline for admission and fellowship consideration. The M.S. application deadline is March 1, 2023 for the Fall 2023 admissions term.

For more information, including application information, transcript, GRE and TOEFL requirements, please visit Biomedical Sciences Admissions.


Prospective students: for assistance with admissions questions, contact SOM Biomedical Sciences Admissions via email at

Current students: for assistance with course registration, program requirements, and fellowship and employment matters (TAships/GSRs), contact the Student Services Advisor or visit the office at 1143 Webber Hall.

Phone: (951) 827-4540

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, student services staff are working remotely, but available to assist through email or Zoom (by appointment).