PhD Programs

Reflecting the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of biomedical research, the Jefferson College of Life Sciences utilizes a Targeted Flexible Entry Pathway for admissions to our PhD Programs in the Biomedical Sciences.

This allows students to explore research opportunities across multiple programs and research areas and participate in a first year curriculum that includes core fundamentals essential to all biomedical fields.  In addition, students select laboratory rotations and more specialized advanced courses during their first year that are targeted to their research interests and career objectives.      

By the end of the first year, students choose their thesis advisor and matriculate into one of the below PhD programs for their further studies.

Our PhD Programs

  • Biochemistry, Structural & Molecular Biology - The Ph.D. Program in Biochemistry, Structural & Molecular Biology (BSMB) trains students in foundational disciplines essential for modern biomedical research.
  • Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine - The PhD Program in Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine is intended for students of outstanding ability who are preparing for a career that includes research in cell biology, developmental biology or the pathobiology of disease.
  • Genetics, Genomics & Cancer Biology - The PhD Program in Genetics, Genomics & Cancer Biology takes a multidisciplinary approach to training students to become independent scientific investigators by providing a comprehensive knowledge base in genetics, biochemistry, molecular and cell biology and bioinformatics.
  • Immunology & Microbial Pathogenesis - Comprehensive training in Immunology & Microbial Pathogenesis with strong emphasis placed on the dynamic relationship between host and pathogen.
  • Integrative Physiology - The PhD Program focuses on cardiovascular physiology and employs a multidisciplinary approach to train students in the rigors of experimental biomedical sciences and to prepare them for independent research careers.
  • Neuroscience - The interdisciplinary graduate program in Neuroscience at Thomas Jefferson University is directed toward developing strong research scientists in areas of basic and translational neuroscience.
  • Admissions Information to the Jefferson College of Life Sciences PhD Programs