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PhD Biomedical Sciences

Explore, experiment and experience before deciding on your path

Are you passionate about advancing discoveries to treat and prevent diseases? Envision yourself studying alongside distinguished mentors and colleagues as you make an impact on biomedical research at the Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Discover the PhD in Biomedical Sciences

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As a student in the PhD Biomedical Sciences umbrella program, you’ll join a community recognized for collaboration, achievements and outcomes to prepare you to become a science leader.

Explore your research interests

PhD Programs of Study

By taking three research rotations by the end of your first year, you’ll discover the research area that interests you the most. This experience reflects the school’s emphasis on intellectual curiosity. Ultimately, with the support of faculty and staff, you will determine the bestfit for you and choose one of our seven programs of study:

Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology

Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology – study the areas of molecular, cellular and regulatory biochemistry, molecular biophysics, chemical biology and structural biology

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology – study the development and application of computational and mathematical models to biological problems, with an emphasis on the now-available, high-throughput genomic and proteomic data

Cancer Biology

Cancer Biology – study biochemistry, genetics, molecular and cell biology, and the clinical aspects of cancer to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human cancers

Immunology and Microbiology

Immunology and Microbiology – study the molecular and cellular basis of immune responsiveness, molecular mechanisms of viral replication, host-pathogen interactions, and the control of viral, bacterial and parasitic infections

Interdisciplinary

Interdisciplinary – study a combination of approaches to biomedical research that may include classical genetics, molecular genetics, genomics/proteomics, biochemistry, and light and electron microscopy

Neuroscience

Neuroscience – study areas such as the neural, molecular and genetic mechanisms that underlie nervous system development, learning and memory, addiction, glial responses to neuronal injury, and circadian rhythmicity.

Translational Science

Translational Science – study solutions to clinical problems by applying the power of cutting-edge biological tools

Career Exploration

student in research labOur graduates become leaders in all sectors of biomedicine including research, education, policy and entrepreneurship. In your third year of study, you can participate in small group Career Pathways Communities to learn about academic and industry research options, policy and regulatory affairs, business and commercial development, and more.

Student Spotlight

Getting Results…
  • PhD candidate finds dogs are perfect companion to understanding human health
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    PhD candidate finds dogs are perfect companion to understanding human health

    Kathleen Morrill, a PhD candidate in the Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, has made national headlines for her research into behavioral traits of dogs.

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  • Biomedical sciences student studying fertility in Mello lab
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    Biomedical sciences student studying fertility in Mello lab

    Movies piqued PhD candidate Humberto Ochoa’s interest in science. He’s conducting RNA research in the lab of Nobel Laureate Craig C. Mello, PhD, to understand the national decline in fertility.

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  • UMass Chan biomedical sciences student studies a gene that causes ALS
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    UMass Chan biomedical sciences student studies a gene that causes ALS

    PhD student Megan Fowler-Magaw is researching the pathogenesis of ALS, using a specific gene that is found in 97 percent of cases.

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