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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

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Dean's Message

Scientific discovery is a rewarding profession. The next generation of scientists is learning their trade at an exciting time, when so many tools and technologies are available to enhance the acquisition of knowledge. 

While Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute's reputation for excellence in basic biomedical research has grown over the last 30 years, the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences is relatively young. The Graduate School was founded in 2005 to prepare the next cadre of scientists to drive discovery. 

SBP Graduate School is founded on the Institute’s collaborative ethos. The program plays to our strengths in biomedical research, and is supplemented by the technologies being developed here and elsewhere to facilitate breakthroughs in thought and practice. 

Galileo Galilei said, ”You cannot teach a person anything; you can only help them find it within.” At SBP, Galileo’s words reflect the didactic, tutorial and laboratory-based focus of our graduate programs. Our program is designed to provide students with solid foundations in biomedical science, while engaging in projects with our biological, chemistry, bioinformatics and engineering faculty, with a focus on one of the main foundations of biomedical science within a laboratory specializing in the area. 

The San Diego area is famous for its recreational and scientific opportunities. Here we have a beautiful climate, pristine beaches and proximity to mountains and desert. I encourage you to explore the web pages describing our graduate programs so that you can see for yourself why we are so enthusiastic about science and graduate education at SBP. 

Guy Salvesen, Ph.D. 
Professor and Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Graduate Program Mission and Vision

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Program Mission

The mission of Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is: Educating students to become the innovative biomedical scientists of the future. 

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Program Vision

With state-of-the-art technology, an entrepreneurial mindset and a highly personalized program, SBP is dedicated to educating the next generation of outstanding biomedical scientists who will drive future cutting-edge basic and translational research.


Malene Hansen, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty Advisor, Postdoctoral Training
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Diane Klotz

Associate Dean of Administration and Professional Development
Director, Office of Education, Training, and International Services
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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
10901 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037

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