Office of Graduate Education

The Office of Graduate Education (OGE) aims to help train and empower the next generation of leaders and innovators within and beyond academia and industry. We recognize that our graduate students are the central drivers and conductors of some of the most transformative research in the world. Our office offers programs and services to support graduate students and sustain the level of excellence achieved by the Stanford Biosciences.

  • Dan Herschlag, PhD Dan Herschlag, PhD
    Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs; also Professor of Biochemistry and (by Courtesy) of Chemistry and of Chemical Engineering
    (650) 723-6242
    • Leads the development of new graduate education curriculum and initiatives and postdoctoral training opportunities
    • Advocates for the best possible training and education of students and postdocs and the empowerment of trainees
    • Runs cutting-edge research laboratory in the Biochemistry Department
    Hobbies: hiking and tennis, seeing art in museums and on the street, and reading non-science books
  • Julia Kennedy Tussing Julia Kennedy Tussing
    Associate Dean for Educational Programs and Services Director of Finance and Administration
    School of Medicine
    (650) 996-7324
    • Responsible for all School of Medicine educational programs
    • Plans, organizes and directs the programmatic, financial and administrative operations and activities of educational programs
    Hobbies: hiking, reading, yoga, and three-day eventing (horseback riding)
  • Terrance Mayes Terrance Mayes, EdD
    Assistant Dean of Graduate Education
    Director of Programs and Diversity
    (650) 724-2815
    • Directs the Graduate Programs and Diversity Office
    • Director of the Bioscience ADVANCE Summer Institute
    • Director of Stanford Summer Research Program
    Hobbies: reading, community service
  • Ross Colvin Ross Colvin
    Associate Director of Graduate Education - Operations
    (650) 723-5469
    • Centralized Graduate Student Tracking System
    • Graduate Student Funding
    • OGE Operations and Procedures
    Hobbies: "All I can tell you is that mine are expensive, time consuming, and almost entirely pointless and/or puerile."
  • Latishya Steel Latishya Steele
    Associate Director - Biosciences Programs
    (650) 721-3081
    • Build cohesive and evolving curriculum that integrates academic, professional, and career development
    • Engage administration, faculty, and students to identify strengths and needs
    • Create new and enhance existing curriculum to meet needs and facilitate ongoing curriculum assessment
    Hobbies: dancing, word and number puzzles, cooking
  • Julianna Prieto Julianna Prieto
    Assistant Director of Graduate Education - Curriculum and Programs
    (650) 736-7435
    • Coordinates Biosciences curriculum, including Foundations in Experimental Biology and mini-courses
    • Oversees the Biosciences website
    • Manages the Biosciences Graduate Professional Development Guide and Student Committee
    Hobbies: traveling, dinner parties, gardening, spending time with family, friends, and Yorkshire Terrier
  • Samar Fahmy Samar Fahmy
    Biosciences Diversity Officer
    (650) 725-7423
    • Manages Stanford Summer Research Program (SSRP)/Amgen Scholars Program
    • Advisor to BioAIMS student group
    • Nationwide graduate outreach and recruitment
    Hobbies: salsa dancing, hiking
  • Guadalupe Makasyuk Guadalupe Makasyuk
    Graduate Education Administrative Coordinator
    (650) 724-6101
    Hobbies: salsa dancing, community service, gardening, and archeology

The Stanford Biosciences PhD Admissions Office has the primary responsibility of disseminating admissions information to prospective graduate students and assists in the recruitment efforts of applicants who will excel in our Biosciences programs.

Biosciences PhD Admissions
Stanford University
1265 Welch Road, MSOB X1C12
Stanford, CA 94305-5421

(650) 723-2460
(650) 725-3867 (fax)

  • John Bray John Bray
    Director of Biosciences Admissions and Administration
    Hobbies: extreme couponing, travel
  • Joan Menees Joan Menees
    Admissions Officer
    Hobbies: hiking, reading, spending time with friends & family

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