University of California, Riverside

School of Medicine

Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences

Training the Next Generation of Biomedical Scientists

Offered by the School of Medicine at UC Riverside, the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences is an interdisciplinary translational research program that incorporates a medical school curriculum with basic science training. Our Ph.D. 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 program offers opportunities with more than 40 faculty members conducting research at the forefront of more than a dozen different fields, including including neuroscience, bioengineering, immunology and molecular endocrinology.

The training leads to a Ph.D. degree to students holding a B.S./B.A. or M.D. degree or to students currently in the midst of an M.D. program. A combined M.D./Ph.D. degree program is available, but applicants must meet all requirements and application deadlines for the UCR School of Medicine.

Recent graduates have secured academic and research positions at prestigious institutions, such as the University of Washington and UC San Diego, as well as biotechnology companies such as EMD Millipore and Biotronik Medical Devices.

Research Areas

Our students have the opportunity to acquire a broad understanding of human disease, therapeutics and design of predictive experimental model systems in a variety of research areas, including:

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

About the Curriculum

Our innovative and rigorous program integrates medical curriculum with mentored research and critical analysis of research-based modeling of human pathophysiology. Features include:

  • First-year instructions follow first-year medical school curriculum, and provide unique education in the molecular mechanisms of disease, epidemiology, therapeutics and clinical connections.
  • Additional courses include biostatistics, research problem-based learning and discovery in small group sessions and independent study.
  • An emphasis on problem-solving and critical thinking.
  • Modern biomedical research techniques and instrumentation.
  • Weekly casual student/faculty work-in-progress seminars followed by pizza lunch.
  • Weekly seminars featuring eminent researchers on topics focusing on experimental modeling of the pathophysiology of human disease.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

School Information

School of Medicine
2608 School of Medicine Education Building

Admissions Inquiries: (951) 827-7353

General Inquiries: (951) 827-4568

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