The mission of the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences is to provide a predoctoral educational experience that will train experimentalists and scholars for a wide range of careers.
Why should YOU choose BMS?
In this video, Ph.D. candidates Xzavier Solone (Cancer Biology), Sid Gupte (Immunology and Microbiology) and Gabriela Peguero Kushner (Molecular Cell Biology) discuss how their experiences getting involved in the Graduate Student Organization and the larger Gainesville community will help them grow as scientists
In this video, University of Florida Ph.D. candidates Victoria Leroy (Pharmacology) and Tristan Grams (Immunology and Microbiology) discuss the curriculum structure of the College of Medicine’s Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences and how the program offers opportunities for collaboration and professional development.
The Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Florida offers a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences with specialized training options. The program is supported by an academic health center which includes six health science colleges, numerous institutes and centers and world-class faculty.
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The Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Florida features eight concentrations of study.
Get to know the faculty of the eight basic sciences departments.
The College of Medicine leads UF in research awards ($310.9 million in Fiscal Year 2020). Learn more about numerous training opportunities to expand your research portfolio and fund your academic pursuits.
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We host several spring competitions, including the Medical Guild Research Symposium, the Advancement to Candidacy, and Education Initiative Award.
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bms student shout out!
Shanan Emmanuel, a PhD Candidate in the lab of Dr. McKenna and a member of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology concentration was awarded the Association for Academic Women’s (AAW) NSF Emerging STEM Scholar Award, supported by Dr. Aysegul Gunduz’s National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award.
Louise Ball, a PhD Candidate in the lab of Tony Maurelli, PhD, received the William Safraneck Award for Best Presentation at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Florida branch of the American Society for Microbiology. The meeting was held in St. Augustine, FL., from Feb. 25 to Feb. 27. The title of her talk was “Neisseria gonorrhoeae drives Chlamydia trachomatis into an aberrant state during in vitro co-infection.”
Caitlin Baumer-Harrison, a PhD Candidate in the lab of Annette de Kloet and member of the Physiology concentration received a highly competitive NIH/NHLBI Fellowship to study gustatory and interoceptive regulation of hypertension
Natalie Johnson, a PhD candidate in the lab of Dan Wesson, PhD and member of the Pharmacology concentration received a highly competitive NIH Fellowship to investigate the olfactory mechanisms supporting attraction to e-cigarette odors
Natalie Atyeo, a DMD/PhD Candidate in the lab of Bernadette Papp, PhD and member of the Immunology and Microbiology concentration received a highly competitive NIH/NIDCR Fellowship to study the forkhead factor regulation in oral viral infection
Adithya Gopinath, a PhD Candidate in the lab of Habibeh Khoshbouei, PhD, and Wolfgang Streit, PhD is featured in the MBI Rising Star series. Adithya’s research explores the connection between the brain and the peripheral immune system in people with Parkinson’s disease
Mollie Huber, a PhD Candidate in the lab of Mark Atkinson, PhD and member of the Immunology and Microbiology concentration recevied a highly competitive NIH/NIDDK Fellowship to investigate type 1 diabetes pathogenesis using the live pancreas tissue slice platform
Tiffany Frey, a PhD Candidate in the lab of Michael McIntosh, PhD and member of the Immunology and Microbiology concentration received a highly competitive NIH/NIDCR Fellowship to study Epstein-Barr virus and B-cell co-opted functions of the endogenous retrovirus envelope protein, Synctin-1
Seung Jang, a DMD-PhD candidate in the lab of Zsolt Toth, PhD, and member of the Immunology and Microbiology concentration received a highly competitive NIH/NIDCR Fellowship to investigate gene regulatory role of vIRF1 in KSHV infection
Jon Larochelle, a PhD Candidate in the lab of Eduardo Candelario, PhD and member of the Pharmacology concentration recently received a highly competitive American Heart Fellowship to study Characterizing the neuroprotective effects of Ripk2 deficiency in experimental ischemic stroke
Debra Brunson, a PhD Candidate in the lab of Jose Lemos, PhD and member of the Immunology and Microbiology concentration received a highly competitive American Heart Association Fellowship to study the significance of iron homeostasis to the pathophysiology of Enterococcus faecalis infective endocarditis
BMS FACULTY SPOTLIGHT!
The late Mavis Agbandje-McKenna, Ph.D., a Center for Structural Biology director who advanced discovery and guided the next generation, was honored posthumously with the first distinguished research mentoring award given in her name on the College of Medicine Celebration of Research.
Dr. Nicole Stedman assumed the helm of the UF Graduate School as Associate Provost and Dean on June 1, 2021. She succeeds Dr. Henry T. Frierson, who headed the Graduate School for 14 years.
BMS faculty member Dr. Elias Sayour and his UFHealth team have found a way to make a ‘hot tumor,’ improving immunotherapy as a cancer treatment
BMS faculty member Dr. Adam Woods and collaborators discover a form of artificial intelligence combined with MRI scans of the brain has the potential to predict whether people with a specific type of early memory loss will go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia.