Sanford-Burnham Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

A roadmap for Ph.D. students aiming for a successful career in science

A roadmap for Ph.D. students aiming for a successful career in science

Find the best way to approach graduate school to optimize your chances for success
and how to get the most out of a Ph.D. program

Graduate School students meet in Palm Springs for annual retreat

Graduate School students meet in Palm Springs for annual retreat

The meeting featured Drs. Kim Newton of Genentech and Brion Murray of Pfizer as keynote speakers and included three days of student talks highlighting their research progress.

Meet Sanford-Burnham's graduate students

Meet Sanford-Burnham's graduate students

Hear from current graduate students about their experience in Sanford-Burnham's Graduate School of Biomedical Science

About the Graduate School

Sanford-Burnham’s Graduate School is founded on the Institute’s collaborative ethos. The program plays to our strengths in biomedical research, and is supplemented by the technologies being developed here and elsewhere to facilitate breakthroughs in thought and practice.

- Guy Salvesen, Ph.D.

Dean of the Graduate School

Overview

Sanford-Burnham Graduate School of Biomedical SciencesStudents share
their observations
about the program

Our mission is to educate students to become the innovative biomedical scientists of the future. With state-of-the-art technology, an entrepreneurial mindset and a highly personalized program, we are dedicated to educating students who drive cutting-edge translational research forward and preparing them to become the next generation of outstanding biomedical scientists.

We offer a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Sciences. The graduate program prepares students for careers in basic and translational research through a unique curriculum of focused, multi-disciplinary instruction. Our program is tailored to the student’s course of study and research focus. Classroom and seminar instructions are accompanied by extensive practical laboratory training under the supervision of expert faculty.

Students in the first year of the program take focused classes, elect a number of specialized tutorials with faculty, and begin their thesis research. In the following years the program allows students to focus on their laboratory research that will lead to their doctoral dissertation.

Program Learning Outcomes

A student graduating from Sanford-Burnham Graduate School will have learned to:
  • Develop broad foundational understanding of current topics in biomedical sciences
  • Exploit innovative approaches to investigating basic and translational aspects of their chosen project
  • Utilize critical thought approaches to exploring scientific concepts using interdisciplinary skills
  • Communicate their discoveries expertly and lucidly to the lay and scientific community

Sanford-Burnham Graduate School General CatalogDownload the Graduate School catalog (pdf)

Admissions Requirements

Sanford-Burnham’s admissions requirements explain the admissions process. All application materials must be received by December 16, 2013 for admission in September of the following year.

General Catalog

The general catalog (pdf) contains information about admission requirements, curriculum and student expectations and graduate requirements. You will also find description of required courses for the graduate program.

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