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Graduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences

The four Ph.D.-granting programs in the biomedical sciences at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine share a first-year core curriculum.


All entering doctoral students apply to the core program. Upon acceptance you will begin a year of multidisciplinary coursework and four formal laboratory rotations that will lead to the selection of a graduate adviser and entry into one of the four distinct Ph.D. programs:

First-year courses focus on the basic biochemical, molecular, cellular and organismal aspects of the biomedical sciences, preparing you for more intensive, individualized instruction that will be unique to the discipline you choose to study in the following years.

Instructors come from all four Ph.D. programs. Their charge is to introduce you to the most recent findings and the methodologies used to study major issues in their fields. Coursework includes didactic lectures, small-group problem-solving sessions, student presentations and hands-on research experience.

Active seminar programs in all departments and programs provide broad exposure to the wide scope of biomedical research and introduce you to potential future employers or collaborators. Our emphasis is on the preparation of technically skilled and thoughtful scientists for diverse careers in academia, industry or government.

Learn More About Graduate Study in the Biomedical Sciences

Calendar for Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences

Applications and Financial Aid

You must complete both the classified graduate school application and the graduate program in biomedical sciences application to be considered for our Ph.D. programs.

SLU Graduate School Application

Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences Supplemental Application

Email to completed graduate program in biomedical sciences application to Lindsay Oliver at

Letters of recommendations should be sent as an email attachment to with the subject line “Letter of Recommendation for [your name].” Word and PDF documents are the most compatible document types.  

Financial aid is available and all first- and second-year students receive a nationally competitive, student stipend, as well as tuition waivers and health insurance. Stipends, health benefits and tuition costs are the responsibility of your adviser or doctoral program during the final years of your graduate study and are most commonly provided by research grants or contracts.


The biomedical sciences colloquiums are scheduled every Wednesday at noon. Unless otherwise announced, all colloquium sessions will be held in Auditorium B of the Learning Resource Center.

View the Colloquium Calendar 

All students, staff and faculty are encouraged to attend. The schedule for the spring semester is distributed in December. There are 11 presentations by the first-year core students, leaving some open dates for volunteers. Any faculty member, post-doctoral fellow or senior graduate student who would like to present in the spring should contact Willis K. Samson, Ph.D.