PhD Programs

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The PhD programs in the Basic Science Division of the Sackler School are designed to prepare students for research-focused careers in academic institutions of higher learning or in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry. An integrated approach to the study of biomedical research problems is infused with strong discipline-based training in each of our six programs. 

Trainees in the Clinical and Translational Science PhD program are typically physicians or other health care professionals who have already obtained an advanced degree.  The additional training provided by a PhD in Clinical and Translational Science positions these individuals for academic careers focused on patient-centered research.

New for 2015 Admission

Based on the strong success of a combined entry portal, three of our PhD programs: Biochemistry; Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology; and Cellular & Molecular Physiology will admit students to a new PhD program in Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology. The new program will have enhanced concentrations in Structural & Chemical Biology, Developmental & Regenerative Biology, Cancer Biology and Molecular & Cellular Medicine.

Information on the new Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology Program  info

Educational Approach

Our education focuses on laboratory-based research and students begin this aspect of their training with laboratory rotations soon after they arrive on campus.  Didactic and seminar-based courses complement the research training and help students identify and solve important research questions.  When students complete their education in one of our PhD programs, they will have mastered approaches to biomedical research and most importantly be comfortable identifying and solving problems of scientific importance in an atmosphere that values collegiality and collaboration as well as independent thinking.

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2014 Entering Class

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This year, 54 new students, selected from over 900 applicants, joined Sackler.

Studying in Boston


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Women at Sackler


Sackler is committed to training both men and women for fulfilling careers; about 60% of our students are women.

Application for 2016 Admission


The deadline for PhD programs is December 15, 2015.