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.

  • Will Talbot, PhDWill Talbot, PhD
    Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs
    Professor of Developmental Biology

    • Leads the development of new initiatives in graduate education and postdoctoral training
    • Advocates for the best possible training and mentoring of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows
    • Investigates the development and function of the nervous system in the Department of Developmental Biology
    • Teaches undergraduates in the Human Biology Program

    Hobbies: hiking, running, and reading

  • Julia Kennedy TussingJulia 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)

  • Ayodele ThomasAyodele Thomas
    Associate Dean for Graduate Education & Diversity
    (650) 724-3712

    • Leads the Office of Graduate Education and Diversity Programs

    Hobbies: cooking, reading, crafting

  • Helen Butler
    Graduate Education Administrative Coordinator
    (650) 724-6101
  • John BrayJohn Bray
    Director of Biosciences Admissions and Administration
    (650) 723-2460
    Hobbies: extreme couponing, travel
  • Ross ColvinRoss Colvin
    Associate Director of Graduate Education – Operations
    (650) 723-5469

    • Centralized Graduate Student Tracking System
    • Graduate Student Funding
    • OGE Operations and Procedures
  • Latishya SteeleLatishya 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

  • Monica DevlinMonica Devlin
    Associate Director for Biosciences Student Life
    (650) 725-0537

    • Coordinates Biosciences-wide programs, events and workshops, including Wellness Matters, Pizza & Beer Workshops, and special cohort events
    • Administers Biosciences Interdisciplinary curriculum (Foundations in Experimental Biology, mini-courses)
    • Manages the Biosciences website, Facebook, and Twitteraccounts

    Hobbies: cooking, listening to podcasts, Stanford group fitness classes, exploring the Bay Area with her husband and dog

  • Bryan Thomas Jr.Bryan Thomas Jr.
    Assistant Director of Graduate Education – Programs and Diversity
    (650) 721-4940

    • Manages ADVANCE Summer Institute
    • Coordinates outreach and retention efforts for students of diverse backgrounds
    • Maintains online training grant and fellowship repositories

    Hobbies: Traveling, working out, cooking for friends and family

  • Samar FahmySamar Fahmy
    Assistant Director of Graduate Educational Programs and Diversity
    (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

  • Nivedita ShenoyNivedita Shenoy
    IT Business Analyst
    (408) 203-4183

    • Plan, assess, design, develop and implement administrative and information systems solutions for OGE
    • Analyze new business requirements, system functionality, and user needs; specify functional designs and work with developers and analysts to implement solutions

    Hobbies: Bollywood Dancing, Traveling and watching Bollywood movies