Portion of the Stanford School of Medicine Discovery Walk

Dean's Message

Daniel Herschlag

This is a great time to do biomedical research. Advances in the biosciences continue to expand as we employ new interdisciplinary approaches, drawing on fields like computer science, engineering, and physics. The Stanford Biosciences Home Programs are at the intersection of many of these innovations, encouraging the creativity, risk-taking, and type of science that lead to profound new discoveries.

We believe you will find that Stanford is an excellent place for you to learn and do research as a graduate student. Our 14 Home Programs offer the best of both worlds: The intimate setting and training of a smaller program combined with the collaborations and opportunities found in a larger, umbrella program. In my own lab, students from biochemistry, chemistry, chemical engineering, and physics have worked alongside one another, often collaborating with students outside of the School of Medicine, in statistics, computer science, and other programs. All of these departments—as well as our hospital and new institutes that focus on translational research—are within a five-minute walk of one another. The interactions produced by our proximity to one another help us discover and explore new directions each day. The resulting science has produced breakthroughs and skills that carry our trainees well beyond Stanford.

In more than two decades as a part of Stanford's faculty, I have found the training and mentoring of students to be one of the most important and rewarding parts of our culture—a feeling shared by all of us at Stanford Biosciences. Indeed, our underlying philosophy is that students and faculty are colleagues who are partners in each other's success. Science is about trying things that have never been tried before; we train students to think creatively, ask new questions, discover innovative solutions, and uncover fundamental truths. This process empowers our students to find and pursue their passion at Stanford and beyond. Their scientific maturity, personal maturity, sense of where they are in the world, and desire to make the world a better place inspire us all.

We encourage you to take a closer look at Stanford Biosciences—on our website, by visiting campus, and by talking with your potential future student and faculty colleagues here. We believe you will come to understand why the people at Stanford Biosciences, and those who previously trained here, speak so fondly of Stanford and continue to push scientific research to new frontiers.

Sincerely,

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Dan Herschlag

Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs
and Professor of Biochemistry and (by Courtesy) Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Science is about trying things that have never been tried before; we train students to think creatively, ask new questions, discover innovative solutions, and uncover fundamental truths.

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