Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Dean's Message

Welcome to the Jefferson College of
Biomedical Sciences

Gerald Grunwald

Gerald Grunwald, PhD, Dean, Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences

In 1949, 125 years after the founding of the Jefferson Medical College (JMC), the six basic science departments formed the “Board for the Regulation of Graduate Studies.” Conjunctively, JMC formalized training toward MS and PhD degrees in the biomedical sciences.  Twenty years later, Thomas Jefferson University was established, joining the Jefferson College of Allied Health (later renamed the Jefferson College of Health Professions (JCHP)) and the Jefferson College of Graduate Studies with JMC. These colleges represented, respectively, the undergraduate and graduate divisions of the university offering degrees other than the MD.

In 2005, the University amended its bylaws to permit both JCGS and JCHP to offer graduate degrees, providing a focus for JCGS on laboratory, research-based education and training, and for JCHP on practice-based education and training.  Today, Jefferson has further grown to comprise seven colleges, offering degree and certificate programs focused in the fields of medicine, health professions, nursing, pharmacy, population health and biomedical sciences.

The mission of the Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences is to provide the highest quality graduate and postdoctoral education and research training in the biomedical sciences, in order to prepare our students and fellows to make significant contributions to the progress of biomedical science through careers in academia, industry and government.  MS and PhD degree programs in the biomedical sciences are further complemented by opportunities for advanced study through graduate non-degree coursework and certificate programs, as well as an undergraduate Postbaccalaureate Pre-Professional Program.

The new name for the Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences provides enhanced visibility and recognition of our programmatic offerings in the biomedical sciences, through which our outstanding faculty are training the scientific leaders of tomorrow.  We welcome and encourage prospective applicants to learn more about our college and programs.

Gerald B. Grunwald, PhD
Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences
Thomas Jefferson University