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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies Division of Biomedical Science Programs

The Division of Biomedical Science Programs is home to the Graduate School's research-intensive MS and PhD programs. We offer state-of-the-art research training in biochemistry, biotechnology, cancer biology, pharmacology, neuroscience, microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, cell biology and genetics.

Our programs are collaborative, student-centered and interdisciplinary, and feature both discipline-specific as well as broadly applicable and integrative coursework. We adopt a career-oriented approach that is designed to generate tomorrow's scientific leaders in academia and industry, and also expose students to career options in law, scientific writing, government policy and business, providing advice on these paths from leading experts. Faculty mentors with active research programs are directly involved in all aspects of a student's training.

We invite you to visit the program-specific links provided below to explore the many research-intensive training options that are available. The division director, program directors and academic administrators are all available and are happy to answer your questions.

Prospective students have the opportunity to learn more about our programs at recruitment events held around the country and online. Learn more

Drexel graduate student in a lab.

Biochemistry of Health & Disease - MS / PhD

Biochemistry of Health & Disease (BHAD) is a challenging, broad-based graduate program involving research and coursework. Through this graduate program, students work at the interface between chemistry and biology to probe the interactions between biomolecules that direct cellular function.

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A Cancer Biology program graduate student working in the lab at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Cancer Biology - MS

The Cancer Biology (CBIO) program provides a degree focused on the fundamentals of cancer from an interdisciplinary perspective, including molecular and cell biology of cancer initiation, metastasis, treatment and prevention.

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About the MD/PhD dual degree program at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Physician Scientist – MD / PhD

The MD/PhD physician scientist training program is designed for a limited number of students who are strongly motivated toward a career in academic medicine and medical research. The program trains individuals in the fundamental clinical aspects of medicine and offers advanced training in a specific field of research.

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Photo by Kevin Egan, doctoral candidate, Laboratory of Stephen Jennings, PhD at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Microbiology & Immunology - MS / PhD

The graduate program in Microbiology and Immunology (MIIM) is a basic and translational science program that offers broad exposure to infectious disease pathogens and the host response to these pathogens, as well as development of novel diagnostics, biomarkers, therapeutic agents and vaccines for these diseases. Students will engage with a highly collaborative faculty that spans multiple departments and colleges for rigorous training in multidisciplinary approaches to prepare the student for future careers in research, teaching, administration, public health and more.

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A Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics program graduate student working in a laboratory at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics - MS / PhD

The Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics (MCBG) program provides a broad education-training for graduate students interested in biomedical problems that cross disciplinary boundaries. Students have the opportunity pursue research interests under the guidance of faculty in six different departments/centers.

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A neuroscience graduate student working in a laboratory at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Neuroscience - PhD / MS

The Graduate Program in Neuroscience (NEUS) offers a broad exposure to cellular, molecular, behavioral, developmental and systems neuroscience. Under the tutelage of a highly collaborative faculty from a number of different departments, graduate students engage in rigorous training using multidisciplinary approaches and cutting-edge technology, together with a robust palette of courses and training experiences. Students are prepared for careers in academic research, teaching, pharmaceutical research, industry, government, academic administration, public policy and more.

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Drexel University College of Medicine Pharmacology and Physiology graduate student looking into a microscope.

Pharmacology & Physiology - MS / PhD

The Pharmacology & Physiology (PHPH) program offers graduate courses which require independent research under the direction of our faculty, who are engaged in highly active research programs involving molecular, cellular and behavioral approaches to experimental pharmacology and physiology.

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Division News and Announcements

Awards Ceremony Celebrates Graduate School Class of 2024

Last week, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies (GSBSPS) celebrated the class of 2024 and faculty members during its annual awards ceremony. Read more.

College of Medicine’s 2023 Discovery Day Highlights Research Efforts

Members of the College of Medicine community came together on Thursday, November 2 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City Philadelphia for Discovery Day 2023. The annual event highlights participants’ original research across many biomedical science and clinical research topics. Read more.

2023 Graduate School Faculty Teaching and Mentoring Awards Announced

Drexel University College of Medicine's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies recently recognized faculty excellence with its Teaching and Mentoring Awards. Fellow faculty, professional staff and students selected faculty members to receive these honors. Read more.

Meet Our Students & Alumni

Ben Haslund-Gourley

Meet Ben Haslund-Gourley, Drexel MD/PhD (Immunology and Microbiology) Program

"When I interviewed at Drexel, I was impressed with the caliber of the research combined with the welcoming attitude of the students and faculty and knew I could get the support and freedom to thrive." Read more.

Rusia H. Lee, Drexel Cancer Biology Program Class of 2018

Meet Rusia H. Lee, Cancer Biology Program Class of 2018

"What is for sure is that if you're open to it, you will learn everything from the tangible skills, like the biochemical assays and the actual benchwork, to the intangible skills, like lab etiquette and how to present data to your team/boss. No matter where you go in science, these are the skills that are highly sought after." Read more.

Rebecca Moeller, Drexel Cancer Biology Program Class of 2020

Meet Rebecca Moeller, Cancer Biology Program Class of 2020

"I had a really great relationship with the faculty — not only were they always accommodating and willing to answer questions, but they genuinely care about the success of their students. I had the privilege to do my first lab rotation at the Wistar Institute, and even there I was warmly welcomed and given every opportunity I could grasp. I’m a very independent scientist, and faculty were always able to guide me while accommodating my desire to really spearhead my own project. It was a very personalized experience." Read more.

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Michael Bouchard, PhD - Director, Biomedical Science Programs

Michael Bouchard, PhD
Director, Division of Biomedical Science Programs