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Earning a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences is first and foremost about exploring the processes that govern molecules, cells and organisms in health and disease. For over 100 years, the Baylor College of Medicine faculty has been successfully doing this through leveraging close collaborations between basic, translational and clinical researchers; building an extensive infrastructure of research resources; and training the next generation to follow in their footsteps.

Making the decision to earn your Ph.D. at BCM will grant you access to researchers who are leaders in existing and emerging fields.

With a research enterprise as vast as ours, there are many ways for you to explore your interests and find the potential mentors who will help you achieve your career goals.

Program-Based Research Interests

Program-Based Research Interests

The research section of each of the Ph.D. program website has robust content about the work being done in the program as well as profiles of program faculty. Many faculty members serve in more than one graduate program. So, as you explore seek out the combination of interests that best match your own rather than the individual. Once you begin your education in your chosen program, you will have the opportunity to rotate in several laboratories so that you can ultimately match with the mentor who is the best match for you.

Cancer & Cell Biology Research
Chemical, Physical & Structural Biology Research
Development, Disease Models & Therapeutics Research
Genetics & Genomics Research
Immunology & Microbiology Research
Neuroscience Research
Quantitative & Computational Biosciences Research

"If there is something you are interested in that has anything to do with biomedical sciences, there is someone here who does it or knows somebody who does. There are an astounding number of labs here which offers a lot of opportunity for collaboration." - Rachel Curry, Ph.D. Student

Research Resources

As you begin your career in research it is impossible to predict where your investigations will need. Therefore it is essential to have access to diverse resources, not only equipment but also experienced individuals available to help you identify the resources you need and master their use.

"The National School of Tropical Medicine is unique to BCM  and this was a big draw for me in deciding to come to here. The fact that this program was set up to focus on neglected tropical diseases to help people who are basically known for not having people care for them was very impressive to me. When I came for my interview, it was clear the NST lab was run like a family where everyone is collaborative, there are diverse views and all opinions are respected. Now, having worked in the NSTM lab for over two years, I can attest that this is very true and I am proud to be a part of the research family." - Kristyn Hoffman, Ph.D. Student

Faculty Research

The VIICTR Profiles website provides options to search our faculty by research interests and view faculty publications. Many faculty members also maintain laboratory and research program websites where you can learn more about their research. Already know of faculty members with whom you might like to work and want to learn more about them? Search for their profile by name using the “PEOPLE” tab on our search page.