Graduate Trainees

Training leaders in the biomedical and life sciences

In-depth training aligned with your research interests.

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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.

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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Enrichment Programs and Resources

A range of programs creates a collaborative and inclusive environment where students from diverse backgrounds are trained to thrive as leaders.

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An evidence-based, interactive approach engages mentors in collective problem solving and connects them with resources to optimize their mentoring practices.

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Professional Development

Support and training pave the way for career success.

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DGSOM, National Institutes of Health Research Funding, 2022


Distinct, Interdepartmental Home Areas of Study

"This rich environment has allowed me to pursue exciting scientific questions into the role of RNA binding proteins in oncogenesis and their potential as novel therapeutic targets."

Tasha Lin, MD, PhD Candidate