Biomedical & Biological Sciences (BBS) PhD Program

Our PhD Program is an interdisciplinary program consisting of outstanding graduate students conducting state-of-the-art basic, clinical and translational life sciences research alongside their world-renowned faculty mentors and other research professionals. Housed in the heart of biomedical research at the Cornell-Ithaca campus in the College of Veterinary Medicine, the BBS program takes advantage of outstanding research facilities, the vibrant Cornell undergraduate campus and strong links to the Weill Cornell Medical College campus in New York City.


As a leading research institution, Cornell prides itself on the quality and diversity of its 1000+ faculty members. Cornell’s scientists, researchers and professors from across the globe have come together to conduct research on cancer, cardiovascular biology, epidemiology, infection and immunity, genetics and genomics, neuroscience and reproductive biology, among other health-related and biomedical sciences.


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. Cornell researchers have access to a variety of state-of-the-art specialized core facilities across campus. Take a look at recently funded research at Cornell University. We are also actively committed to creating a community that supports the overall wellbeing of our students. Take a look at available diversity, inclusion, and mental health resources here.


Achievements & Accolades

Biomedical and biological sciences doctoral candidate Karla García-Martínez and Professor of Immunology Cindy Leifer were selected as recipients of the 2021 Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Gilliam Graduate Fellowships for Advanced Study

Check out BBS PhD Student - Jon Villanueva's Vlog on YouTube 

BBS Student Johnathan W. Villanueva

Jon just finished up working on this 3-part video series with graduate students and faculty at Cornell!

Join us as we talk about various topics in virology, epidemiology and immunology, and how they relate to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic