The Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS) provides an entry point for first year doctoral students interested in obtaining a Ph.D. from the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. PIBS students experience a common first-year curriculum to build a solid foundation in biomedical science.

In the fall, students enroll in PIBS 601, which is a 9 credit course covering fundamentals of molecular and cellular biology, important model organ systems, and technical approaches in modern biomedical science. The course meets 4 days/week, 2 hours/day. The first hour is a lecture/discussion, and the second hour varies from professional development activities (reading papers, writing papers, choosing a lab and a project, time management, etc.) to discussions of particular relevant techniques, to critical reading of relevant literature.

In the spring semester, students elect from a menu of individual modular courses offered by the 8 graduate programs. Each modular course covers 6-7 weeks, and students will elect 1-2 of these per half semester. These courses will cover topics of more specific relevance to graduate programs or research themes.

Students will perform at least 3 laboratory rotations of 9 weeks each during the first year, and will generally choose a dissertation laboratory (and graduate program) during the latter half of the spring semester. If necessary a fourth rotation is possible, and in this case laboratory choice may be deferred until June.

In addition, students will meet several times per semester in small groups (6-7/ group) with a mentor. Mentors are chosen for their experience and commitment to student training. In these group sessions, students will discuss a variety of issues relevant to challenges and opportunities in biomedical research, preparing for success in graduate school, and building a successful research career.

Ph.D. Program Choices:

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Cancer Biology
Human Genetics & Genomics
Microbiology & Immunology
Molecular Cell & Developmental Biology
Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology
Physiology & Biophysics


Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in a biological or related discipline (e.g., psychology, chemistry, engineering, physics). Although there are no absolute prerequisites, courses in general biology, cell/molecular biology, calculus, general physics, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and biochemistry are encouraged.

Strong candidates will have research experience in a laboratory setting (including publications of abstracts and/or papers), an excellent academic record and GRE scores, excellent letters of recommendation from scientists who know the candidate well, and the motivation to pursue state-of-the-art biomedical research.
The PIBS Admissions Committee will review and make decisions on applications after December 15th.

• Students should apply online at:
Inquiries should be directed to:

Program in Biomedical Sciences
University of Miami
Miller School of Medicine
Office of Graduate Studies
POB 016189
Miami, Florida 33101-6189
Office: 305.243.5867