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Distinct, Interdepartmental Home Areas of Study for Graduate Students.
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UCLA in top 5% of universities in the number of NIH Institutional Training Grants Awarded

Graduate Students

In-depth training aligned with your research interests.

UCLA offers PhD training in 17 distinct fields in the biosciences.

The majority of programs are jointly administered by the David Geffen School of Medicine and the UCLA College’s Life Sciences Division through Graduate Programs in Bioscience.

Other programs are affiliated with the Division of Physical Sciences, the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the School of Dentistry, and the Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health.

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Home Areas

Research mentors and students collaborate in the eleven interdepartmental groups called Home Areas that offer personalized training and advising in specific research areas.

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Genetic Counseling Program

Masters Program training well-rounded genetic counselors in clinical genomic medicine to guide the evolving field of genetic counseling in this new era of precision health.

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Postdoctoral Scholars 

Postdoctoral scholars hone their independent research skills and pursue their career goals by taking advantage of the resources, professional development opportunities, and scientific community available in Biomedical, Life, and Health Sciences at UCLA. The Office of Bioscience Postdoctoral Affairs serves postdoctoral scholars in the David Geffen School of Medicine and biosciences-affiliated disciplines throughout UCLA.

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Postdoc Community

Join an interest or affinity group, attend career gatherings, and learn the guiding principles of our organizational culture.

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IRACDA Program

Earn support to further your demonstrated interest in teaching, research, mentoring, and advancing diversity in STEM fields.

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