University of California, Riverside

School of Medicine

Division of Biomedical Sciences

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The Division of Biomedical Sciences at the UCR School of Medicine

The Division of Biomedical Sciences at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine has a rich tradition of high-impact research on medically relevant topics, student-centered teaching excellence and a service within the academic community.

Our faculty members are well-known in their areas of research specialization and support and foster scientific synergy between faculty researchers, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and support staff.

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 Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

The Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program trains independent research scientists to enable them to bridge the wide gulfs that currently exist between basic science research and clinical medicine. 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.

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