Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

2019 new graduate students

We provide unparalleled education opportunities for graduate students.

Alessandra Sacco

Message from the Dean

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' 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 2006 to prepare the next cadre of scientists to drive discovery.

Sanford Burnham Prebys’ Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is founded on the Institute’s collaborative ethos. The program plays to our strengths in biomedical research and is supplemented by the technologies that are 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 program. Our program is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the biomedical sciences while engaging in projects with our biological, chemistry, bioinformatics and engineering faculty, with a specialized focus on the main areas studied within a laboratory.

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 program so that you can see for yourself why we are so enthusiastic about science and graduate education at Sanford Burnham Prebys.

– Alessandra Sacco, 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.

Chief Learning Officer
Director, Office of Education, Training, and International Services

Graduate school administrative team

Angelica Rocha, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Institutional Research and Academic Planning

Paula Checchi, Ph.D.
Program Manager for Recruitment, Outreach, & Achievement

Megan Elyamani
Program Coordinator

Training and International Services team

Nisha Cavanaugh, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Career Development and Postdoctoral Programs

Mitchell Furumoto
Manager, International Services
Principal Designated School Official (PDSO), F-1 Student Program

Susie Bolor
Senior International Advisor
Designated School Official (DSO), F-1 Student Program