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Biological & Biomedical Sciences PhD Program

Apply NowThe Cornell University Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) Graduate Program is an interdisciplinary umbrella program housed within the College of Veterinary Medicine offering high-level basic and biomedical research training, a flexible curriculum, and clinical or translational research opportunities.

With publications in such front-line journals as Nature and Science, externally-sponsored grant and contract support of nearly $31 million, and prestigious fellowships from national health and science organizations, the exceptional BBS faculty have established one of the premier health and medical research institutions in the country.

BBS Program Structure

The BBS Program offers PhD degrees in 5 graduate fields:

Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Immunology & Infectious Disease

Molecular & Integrative Physiology


Zoology & Wildlife Conservation


Students apply and are admitted into one of the five graduate fields. During their first year, PhD students rotate in three labs to get a range of research experiences and to select a faculty mentor who is willing to accept the student into their lab and provide funding for the duration of the research project.

BBS students are able to create their own research programs and choose from among the more than 1000 graduate faculty members across the University to serve on their Special Committees. 

All first year BBS students will take an introductory course which covers key areas including:

  • grant writing
  • public presentations
  • design of experiments
  • interpretation of data
  • literature analysis


All students admitted to the BBS Program will be funded for the duration of their program (contingent upon satisfactory performance).  Funding covers tuition, health insurance and stipend. An application to the BBS program is considered an application for funding. For 2017-18, students received a stipend of $32,850/year.


The BBS Program fosters a nurturing, student-centered community of scholars that is accessible, engaging and committed to ensuring that our graduate students reach their full potential in research, teaching and professional development.

Our BBS Graduate Student Council members are available to help answer your questions about graduate student life in the BBS Program at Cornell. Feel free to connect with them today!

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