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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 Biotechnology program graduate student at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Biotechnology - MS

The Biotechnology (BIOT) program is a combination of classroom and hands-on instruction to provide training focused on cutting-edge technologies used in modern bioscience and biotechnology.

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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 - MS / PhD

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

2022 Graduate School Faculty Awards

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, staff and students selected faculty members to receive these honors. Read more.

Discovery Day - 2021 Bondi Fellowship Winner

Congratulations to Genevieve Curtis, PhD Candidate, Neuroscience program, winner of the 2021 Bondi Fellowship. Curtis' mentor is Jessica Barson, PhD.

Meet Our Students & Alumni

Elijah Davis: Drexel Microbiology and Immunology PhD Program Class of 2023-2024

Meet Elijah Davis, Drexel Microbiology and Immunology PhD Program Student

"I knew that I wanted to conduct impactful research that shed light on unsolved questions of the world. That is exactly what I found at Drexel University College of Medicine. The studies here range from microbiology to pharmacology and include everything in between. It was evident to me that this was the place to be for high-quality research." Read more.

Maurice Hinson, MD ’15; Post-Baccalaureate Certificate ’11

Maurice Hinson, MD Program Class of 2015, Evening Post-Baccalaureate Pre-medical Program Class of 2011

"Becoming a physician was the achievement of a childhood dream, but this journey into medicine matters more than my own individual success. My hope is to be able to use my experiences and my network to inspire young, underrepresented men and women to pursue careers in medicine." Read more.

Niyant Shah, MS Molecular and Cellular Biology and Genetics ’12

Niyant Shah, MS Molecular and Cellular Biology and Genetics Program Class of 2012

"The education and lab-based technical experience I received were instrumental in helping me get where I am today. But going through the master’s degree program at Drexel helped beyond that; I learned what it meant to actually be a scientist. The hard work, tremendous amount of research, attention to detail, and collaborative spirit are all important lessons I gained through my time at Drexel. And of course, I wouldn’t be where I am today without the guidance and mentorship I received from faculty." (Drexel Magazine Summer 2020) Read more.

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Michael Bouchard, PhD - Director, Biomedical Science Programs

Michael Bouchard, PhD
Director, Division of Biomedical Science Programs