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PiBS: Program in Biomedical Sciences
Boston University’s Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS) offers training towards the PhD degree by integrating the foundations of interdisciplinary biomedical research with focused investigation and preparation for career advancement.
BU’s Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) is located in the hub of a modern urban academic health center, Boston University Medical Center,which houses a world-class faculty with many established collaborations between clinical and basic science investigators. This provides a unique opportunity for students to participate in translational and cross-disciplinary research.
In the first year PhD students will participate in the Foundations in Biomedical Sciences (FiBS) core curriculum as well as have the opportunity to select elective courses focused on area-specific interests. Additionally, trainees will have the opportunity to experience laboratory rotations and engage in journal clubs and research seminars. Trainees will work closely with a faculty advisor in the development of an individual plan that will be tailored to serve specific research and professional goals. After selection of a laboratory, students will join the program/department with which the mentor is affiliated and continue advanced studies towards candidacy.
Entering through the PiBS portal opens research opportunities with a wide range of faculty across all participating departments/programs.
PiBS programs are departmentally based or situated in a Center/Program of Excellence and include: Biochemistry, Biophysics, Genetics and Genomics, Immunology Training Program, Microbiology, Molecular Medicine, Nutrition and Metabolism, Pathology & Laboratory and Physiology. We enjoy funding from the National Institutes of Health to support training in specific areas including but not limited to: Aging, Cancer Biology, Cardiovascular Biology, Inflammatory Disorders, Metabolism, Endocrinology and Obesity, Pathogenesis, Pulmonary Biology and Immunology.