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Graduate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences



Jul 30, 2015
3:00 PM
SURP and High School Summer Program Poster Session
Lubin Dining Hall


Aug 03, 2015
8:00 AM
PhD Program Orientation
Forchheimer Medical Science Building 5th floor lecture hall

Thesis Defense Seminars

Friday, July 31, 2015
9:00 AM

Thesis Defense Seminar
Jorge Luis Aguilar

Wednesday, August 05, 2015
1:30 PM

Thesis Defense Seminar
Alexandra Mirina

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
11:00 AM

Thesis Defense Seminar
Joseph M. Dybas


The PhD Program Experience

All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.
— Albert Einstein

Einstein’s extraordinary graduate experience produces independent biomedical scientists capable of carrying out significant, award-winning scientific work to improve the health and well- being of humankind.

Our Ph.D. program now boasts over 1,200 graduates employed in a wide range of academic scientific careers, as well as in non-academic settings worldwide.

First Explore, Then Decide

You apply directly to our PhD program, not to a specific department. This allows you to gain exposure many areas of research before making an informed decision about your thesis work. 

The first year integrates three intensive team-based course blocks (courses range from one to eight weeks) with three full-time laboratory rotations that immerse students as active members in the science, culture, and daily activity of the lab. Students declare a laboratory for thesis at the end of the first year. 

The PhD Program Experience

1st Year
  • Three intensive team-based course blocks  
    • 8-week full-time course blocks
    • 4-week short courses
    • 1-to-2-week flash courses 
  • Three full-time, 5-week laboratory rotations
    • Students are in the lab all day
    • Full immersion in the science and daily culture of the lab
    • Participation in all lab-related activities 
  • Declare laboratory for thesis research
2nd Year
  • Take qualifying exam writing workshop
  • Take qualifying exam
  • Continue advanced graduate courses
  • Start thesis research
  • Fellowship applications
  • Advisory committee meetings
  • Seminars
3rd-5th Years
  • Full-time thesis research
  • Career and professional skills development 
  • Thesis workshop
  • Thesis defense
  • Advisory committee meetings
  • Seminars
  • Graduation


Our graduate program is known for its high level of personalized mentoring. You choose a mentor who will guide you through your research, and an advisory committee to provide additional perspective and feedback to guide you through your thesis work.

Layered Learning

  • research seminars
  • journal clubs
  • special interest research clubs
  • work-in progress sessions
  • departmental retreats
  • graduate student research symposia
  • national research meetings where students present their work

Collaborative Culture

You are part of an open-door environment where you are encouraged to share information and resources with fellow students and faculty.

Interdisciplinary Research

You work with students and faculty from a variety of disciplines across the institution. Our students are known for their unique ability to develop novel, cross-disciplinary areas of investigation.


You meet regularly with the Directors of the Graduate Division at a variety of gatherings and develop an individualized curriculum based on your scientific background, interests, and goals.

Gatherings include:

  • pizza meetings
  • thesis preparation workshops
  • career workshops
  • qualifying exam workshops

By the Numbers



Number of scientific papers published last year


Scientific Laboratories

$170 million

Einstein's NIH Funding for 2011


Top-10-ranked Departments for Faculty Research Productivity (Chronicle of Higher Education)

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