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Dean's Welcome

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Welcome to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Our mission is to develop future leaders in all sectors of biomedicine including research, education, policy and entrepreneurship. We are proud to be in the top 25 percent of medical schools and number 2 in New England in National Institutes of Health funding.

Whether your research interests lie in discovery of fundamental principles underlying biology, the translation of these discoveries into therapies, or innovating health care delivery, you will work alongside internationally recognized leaders in areas including RNA biology, systems and computational biology, neuroscience, immunology, metabolic biology, quantitative and population health sciences, cancer biology, and gene regulation. Our faculty recognition includes a Nobel Prize, a Lasker Award, six Howard Hughes Medical Institute awards, six National Academy members, three Keck Awards, and three Presidential Early Career Awards for Science/Engineering.

Our world-class faculty is dedicated to training future science leaders in our learner-centered curriculum. You will have access to regular seminars with research leaders from all over the world, and participate in our nationally recognized career development program, to prepare to put your education to full use in a wide range of scientific careers.

We provide students with a generous stipend, outstanding health insurance and exemplary student support services. We are located in Worcester, a wonderful city with a minor league baseball stadium, museums, fine arts venues, beautiful parks, an ever expanding number of cafes and restaurants, and direct access to Boston and other New England destinations.

You are encouraged to watch my introductory video for more and engage with our website. Thank you for visiting

Mary Ellen Lane, PhD