Stanford was founded almost 150 years ago on a bedrock of societal purpose. Our mission is to contribute to the world by educating students for lives of leadership and purposeful contribution; advancing fundamental knowledge and cultivating creativity; and accelerating solutions and amplifying their impact.

A leader in the biomedical revolution, Stanford Medicine has a long tradition of leadership in pioneering research, creative teaching protocols and effective clinical therapies.



》Cancer Biology



》Microbiology and Immunology

》Molecular and Cellular Physiology


》Stem cell biology and Regenerative medicine



Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry

Why Biochemistry at Stanford ?

        Our core goals are to perform foundational research, mentor and train scientists, and foster a strong scientific community. Research in our laboratories ranges from atomic-level investigation of biomolecules to integrated studies of organismal biology and disease.

Students graduating with a PhD. in Biochemistry from Stanford are expected to be generally proficient in four core scientific areas relevant to biochemical research as well as in the specific scientific areas most relevant to their particular thesis projects. The four core proficiency areas are: Quantitative Biochemistry and Biophysics, Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology. Proficiency can be demonstrated by successfully completing graduate-level courses in each of these four areas, or by other means with permission of the graduate advisor.

In addition to the requirement for a PhD. dissertation based on original research, students are required to complete six advanced courses in biochemistry and related areas among the 135 total units required for the PhD. The selection of these courses is tailored to fit the background and interests of each student.

A second requirement involves the submission of two research proposals. These proposals are presented by the student to a small committee of departmental faculty members who are also responsible for monitoring the progress of student curricular and research programs, and a journal club presentation. All Ph.D. students are expected to participate actively in the department’s seminar program, and students are encouraged to attend and present papers at regional and national meetings in cellular biochemistry and molecular biology. Teaching experience is an integral part of the PhD. curriculum and is required for the degree. The Department of Biochemistry offers an M.S. degree only to students already enrolled in the PhD. program. Students should contact the Graduate Studies adviser for more details.

Doctor of Philosophy in Cancer Biology

Why Cancer Biology at Stanford ?

          The Cancer Biology PhD Program was established in 1978 at Stanford University. During the past three decades, our understanding of cancer has increased dramatically with the discovery of oncogenes, tumour suppressor genes, pathways of DNA damage and repair, cell cycle regulation, angiogenesis and responses to hypoxia, and the molecular basis of metastasis among others. In addition, methods of parallel analysis including gene expression arrays, protein arrays, and tissue arrays have begun to refine and redefine the taxonomy of cancer diagnosis. This explosion of basic and clinical science has in turn resulted in the first successful cancer chemotherapies and immunotherapies based on a knowledge of specific molecular targets. Stanford presents a unique environment to pursue interdisciplinary cancer research because the School of Medicine, the School of Humanities and Sciences, and the School of Engineering are located on a single campus, all within walking distance of one another.

The goal of the Cancer Biology PhD program is to provide our students with education and training that will enable them to make significant contributions to this remarkable field. Coursework during the first year is designed to provide a broad understanding of the molecular, genetic, cell biological, and pathobiological aspects of cancer. Students will also learn about the current state of clinical diagnosis and treatment of human cancers. Equally important during the first year is a series of three rotations in research laboratories chosen by each student. By the beginning of the second year, each student will have chosen his/her research advisor and will have begun work on his/her dissertation project. A qualifying examination must be completed by the end of the second year. An annual Cancer Biology Conference provides our students with an opportunity to present their research to one another and to the faculty. The expected time to degree is four to five years.

Our students are not limited to a single department in choosing their research advisor. The Cancer Biology PhD Program currently has approximately 65 graduate students located in a variety of basic science and clinical departments throughout the School of Medicine and School of Humanities and Sciences. Many of our students are supported by a training grant from the National Cancer Institute, a branch of the United States government.

The Cancer Biology PhD program is committed to fostering a diverse community of students. We welcome all individuals and strive to support them so they achieve their full potential. We value the diversity of our students because culture, socioeconomic and educational background, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, life experiences, hobbies, and interests allow us as a group to reach a greater level of innovation in cancer research.


Doctor of Philosophy in Genetics

Why Genetics at Stanford ?

         Genetics and genomics are undergoing an unparalleled revolution: our mission is to continue to lead this revolution for a better understanding of biology and human health.

Michael Snyder, Ph.D.
Stanford W. Ascherman Professor and Chair, Department of Genetics
Director, Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine.

The Stanford Genetics Department is home to 86 graduate students, 27 genetic counselling students, 108 postdoctoral fellows, 61 faculty members, and 145 staff members. The PhD program in the Department of Genetics offers graduate students the opportunity to pursue a discipline that encompasses both a set of tools and a coherent way of thinking about biology and medicine. All major areas of genetics and genomics are represented in the department, including human genetics (molecular identification of Mendelian traits and the pathophysiology of genetic disease, gene therapy, genetic epidemiology, analysis of complex traits, genome functional analysis and human evolution), and application of model organisms such as bacteria, yeast, flies, worms, and mice to basic and translational areas of biomedical research. The department is especially strong in genomic and bioinformatic approaches to genome biology and evolution and includes several genome-scale databases and Centers such as the Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine (SCGPM), Saccharomyces Genome Database (SGD), the Stanford Microarray Database (SMD), and the Pharmacogenetics and Pharmacogenomics Knowledge Base (PharmGKB), the ENCODE project, Stanford Genome Technology Center (SGTC), ClinGen, eGTEX, and iPOP.

The mission of the department includes education and teaching as well as research; graduates from our program pursue careers in many different venues including research in academic or industrial settings, health care, health policy, and education. The department is especially committed to increasing diversity within the program, and to the training of individuals from traditionally underrepresented minority groups.

Masters in Bioengineering

The Master of Science in Bioengineering is designed for students who want to advance their expertise in the field and pursue exciting careers within the biotechnology, engineering, and medicine and healthcare sectors. The curriculum consists of core bioengineering courses, technical electives, seminars and unrestricted electives. Focus areas include but are not limited to:

》Biomedical Computation

》Regenerative Medicine/Tissue Engineering

》Molecular and Cell Bioengineering

》Biomedical Imaging

》Biomedical Devices 

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