Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

2019 new graduate students

We provide unparalleled education opportunities for graduate students.

guy salvesen

Dean's message

Scientific discovery is a rewarding profession. The next generation of scientists is learning their trade at an exciting time, when so many tools and technologies are available to enhance the acquisition of knowledge.

While Sanford Burnham Prebys's reputation for excellence in basic biomedical research has grown over the last 30 years, the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences is relatively young. The graduate school was founded in 2005 to prepare the next cadre of scientists to drive discovery.

Sanford Burnham Prebys Graduate School is founded on the Institute’s collaborative ethos. The program plays to our strengths in biomedical research, and is supplemented by the technologies being developed here and elsewhere to facilitate breakthroughs in thought and practice.

Galileo Galilei said, ”You cannot teach a person anything; you can only help them find it within.” At Sanford Burnham Prebys, Galileo’s words reflect the didactic, tutorial and laboratory-based focus of our graduate programs. Our program is designed to provide students with solid foundations in biomedical science while engaging in projects with our biological, chemistry, bioinformatics and engineering faculty, with a focus on one of the main foundations of biomedical science within a laboratory specializing in the area.

The San Diego area is famous for its recreational and scientific opportunities. Here we have a beautiful climate, pristine beaches and proximity to mountains and desert. I encourage you to explore the web pages describing our graduate programs so that you can see for yourself why we are so enthusiastic about science and graduate education at Sanford Burnham Prebys.

– Guy Salvesen, Ph.D. 
Professor and Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences



Program mission and vision

Mission Educating students to become the innovative biomedical scientists of the future.

Vision With state-of-the-art technology, an entrepreneurial mindset and a highly personalized program, we are dedicated to educating the next generation of outstanding biomedical scientists who will drive future cutting-edge basic and translational research.

Graduate school leadership

Diane Klotz, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Administration and Professional Development
Director, Office of Education, Training, and International Services