"At UCSF, I have found the most supportive fellow graduate students and mentors. I truly feel I belong to an amazing community – there for me no matter what happens, even if we are not in the same program or lab."
— Ramiro Patiño, PhD student, Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical Sciences

The Biomedical Sciences (BMS) program is an interdisciplinary graduate research program that equips students with the training and research tools to dissect disease-related biology, from single cells to tissue and organ systems. Students in the BMS program must acquire a level of competence in molecular biology, genetics, and cell biology comparable to that expected of students in traditional programs focused in these areas. At the same time, the program incorporates the rigorous and molecular study of core developmental, physiological, and pathological features of human biology and disease.

The BMS curriculum results in a new generation of interdisciplinary biomedical scientists who are able to forge collaborations that break down traditional research boundaries.


More than 250 faculty members are associated with the BMS program across more than 50 departments at UCSF.

Thematic areas

cancer biology and cell signaling
developmental and stem cell biology
human genetics
tissue/organ biology and endocrinology
vascular and cardiac biology
virology and microbial pathogenesis

The BMS program office is located at the Parnassus campus. Labs and/or classrooms are located at the Mission Bay and Parnassus campuses as well as at San Francisco General Hospital, Mt. Zion, and the Veterans Administration Medical Center in San Francisco. Visit the program website for more information.

The BMS program is offered by the UCSF Graduate Division, administered by the UCSF School of Medicine, and delivered by faculty members in the UCSF schools of medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry.


Program Coordinator
Meredith Miner

Program Co-Directors
Anita Sil, MD, PhD
Adrian Erlebacher, MD, PhD