Program Overview

When you join Stanford Biosciences, you join a collaborative network tackling some of the world's toughest questions.

The Stanford Biosciences Home Programs comprise nine departments and five interdisciplinary programs, which span the School of Medicine and the School of Humanities and Sciences. These Home Programs are the foundation of our collaborative culture, offering students the opportunity to tailor their graduate education by working within an entire network of faculty, labs, and approaches to pursue their research.

Each student is admitted to a particular Home Program and initiates training with a core group of faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows who share scientific interests. Many Home Programs host annual retreats—facilitating the exchange of ideas between Stanford colleagues and fostering team-building—as well as seminar series that invite outside speakers.

In addition to that intimate setting, all Biosciences students have access to faculty in every Home Program for laboratory rotations and potential thesis work. One of Stanford Biosciences' biggest strengths is the physical proximity of programs and labs, encouraging face-to-face collaboration and feeding an environment of interdisciplinary innovation. Indeed, the Biosciences PhD Programs combine the supportive atmosphere of a small program with the many opportunities afforded by a large umbrella program—the best of both worlds.

A closer look

The 14 Home Programs in Stanford Biosciences' collaborative network:

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Learn more about each Home Program that is part of our Biosciences network. Learn more

Faculty Research

Explore our comprehensive listing of faculty—including research interests and publications—sortable by Home Program. Learn more

Academic Milestones

Learn about the general timeline that is key to our graduate students' development. Learn more

Dual Degree Opportunities

All students are encouraged to take advantage of all that Stanford has to offer, and some elect to pursue more than one advanced degree. Learn more

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