The Biomedical & Biological Sciences (BBS) 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. With over 130 BBS faculty members and 100 current BBS PhD students the BBS program is a close-knit community with limitless opportunities.


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. Whether you are interested in academia, industry, non-profit, government or other sectors where PhD skills are an asset, the BBS program, and Cornell University will help you reach your fullest potential. 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 well-being of our students. Take a look at available diversity, inclusion and mental health resources here.

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The Office of Graduate Education is a source of information regarding graduate education within the College of Veterinary Medicine.  Our door is always open for questions from staff, students (past, present and potential) and faculty.