City of Hope’s Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences is at the cutting-edge of biomedical research. City of Hope scientists created the first human recombinant gene products, insulin and growth hormone, now used by millions of people worldwide. The School's research made possible such “smart” cancer drugs as Herceptin, Rituxan, and Avastin. It continues to lead the search for the causes of and cures for catastrophic diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and AIDS. The interdisciplinary interaction of basic scientists and physicians provides exceptional opportunities and facilities for translating basic science findings into clinical trials.
Students train in two broadly-defined academic tracks: Molecular & Cellular Biology and Chemical Biology. Molecular & Cellular Biology includes chromatin structure and repair, tumor biology, stem cell research, immunology, neurosciences, virology, endocrinology, and metabolism. Chemical Biology includes protein structure (X-ray crystallography, NMR, computational modeling), small molecule synthesis, bioconjugate chemistry, and analytical biological instrumentation.
Some other key points to consider are that:
City of Hope ranks in the top 5 percent of U.S. institutions in NIH research funding.
Students publish in top-ranking journals, attend both national and international meetings, and graduate to prestigious postdoctoral fellowships and biotech positions.
Students pay no tuition and receive a stipend of $33,000 per year, plus paid insurance.
Students enjoy a Southern California lifestyle, a scenic hundred-acre campus, year-round recreation—from mountains to deserts to beaches—and a diverse cultural environment. By entering the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope, you’ll be pursuing a PhD at one of the world leaders in research and treatment of cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.