2024 Schmidt Science Fellows
Congratulations to BMS student, Erin Huiting, for being selected as a Schmidt Science Fellow!
2023 Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science
Congratulations to BMS faculty member, Tomasz Nowakowski! The Vilcek Foundation raises awareness of immigrant contributions in the United States, and fosters appreciation of the arts and sciences.
Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award
Congrats to BMS student Erin Huiting for receiving the Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center!
Breakthroughs in Science
A group of researchers led by Yadong Huang uncovered evidence that neurons with high levels of the protein apolipoprotein E (apoE) - which is associated with a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease - are more sensitive to degeneration.
COVID-19 Response
Find out how UCSF is responding to the outbreak of the coronavirus respiratory illness COVID-19, including perspectives from infectious disease experts, psychologists, and UCSF Health providers.
5 BMS Students Published in Nature
BMS students Breanna Allen, Kamir Hiam, Casey Burnett, Anthony Venida, and Rachel DeBarge just published a paper in Nature. Congratulations everyone!
Faculty Development Program
The BMS program seeks to strengthen training of junior faculty and enhance the mentorship skills of establish faculty through the Thesis Mentor Development Program. More information and faculty requirements can be found at mentoring.ucsf.edu
New Vision for Parnassus Campus
UC San Francisco leaders on Wednesday unveiled a long-term vision to transform the historic Parnassus Heights campus into a destination worthy of its world-renowned stature in health sciences.
BMS Student Receives Weintraub Award
Congratulations to Adair Borges (Bondy-Denomy Lab) for her incredible achievement. The Harold M. Weintraub Award recognizes outstanding achievement during graduate studies in the biological sciences.
Phages Fight Back Against CRISPR Defenses In Bacteria
Joseph Bondy-Denomy, PhD, and BMS student Adair Borges recently discovered what they're calling a form of “viral altruism,” as described in a new paper in Cell.
BMS Student's Work on Revolutionary Gene-Editing Technique
Theo Roth's first-author paper, "Reprogramming human T cell function and specificity with non-viral genome targeting," was recently featured in the New York Times.
Innovative Education
National Institute of General Medical Sciences has awarded a T32 administrative supplement to fund the development of a course titled Business Strategy as a Scientific Skill. Dr. K. Mark Ansel, BMS program director, and Dr. Thi Nguyen, career development consultant at the Office of Career and Professional Development, will lead the program.

The Business Strategy course will be delivered as a series of online lectures and podcasts, and will teach graduate students about business strategy used in academic and industry settings. Topics include strategic tools, collaborations and evaluating your strategic plan. To create the course, Dr. Nguyen will collaborate with BMS faculty, UCSF alumni, and UCSF organizations such as iBiology, Carry the One Radio podcast, and Biotech Connection Bay Area. This course will build upon the success of the introductory course produced by Dr. Nguyen with funding from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

“The BMS Program is excited about our partnership with Dr. Nguyen and the OCPD to help make this innovative course available to all UCSF graduate students,” said Dr. Ansel.

Welcome to BMS

The Biomedical Sciences (BMS) program is an interdisciplinary graduate research program that equips students with the training and research tools to dissect disease-related biology, from single cells to tissue and organ systems. Students in the BMS program must acquire a level of competence in molecular biology, genetics, and cell biology comparable to that expected of students in traditional programs focused in these areas. At the same time, the program incorporates the rigorous and molecular study of core developmental, physiological, and pathological features of human biology and disease.

The BMS curriculum results in a new generation of interdisciplinary biomedical scientists who are able to forge collaborations that break down traditional research boundaries.


More than 300 faculty members are associated with the BMS program across more than 50 departments at UCSF.

Thematic Areas

Cancer Biology and Cell Signaling
Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
Human Genetics
Tissue/Organ Biology and Endocrinology
Vascular and Cardiac Biology
Virology and Microbial Pathogenesis

Read more about our program.


Student Disability Services

UCSF is committed to ensuring access to graduate education for all students. Early communication with the relevant administrators is critical to successful partnership in arranging accommodations. SDS is the appropriate and confidential office for seeking accommodations, and will coordinate communications and procedures with you and the graduate faculty and programs. Please visit the SDS website and look over the student disability services info for more information.


Student Success at UCSF

Success in graduate school requires care and attention to all aspects of your life: health and wellness, community, career development, personal and professional relationships, and security and safety. UCSF is committed to providing a full range of resources and services to help you succeed. Learn more about these resources by visiting our Student Success website.