Doctor of Philosophy

The Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) at Washington University in St. Louis offers exceptional doctoral training at one of the nation’s preeminent biomedical research centers. The DBBS is organized into twelve academic programs, each representing a different scientific area.

Prospective students apply to the Division rather than to an individual program. Students are admitted into a specific program but may change their Program affiliation as their interests develop. Faculty members from 30 plus departments across the university contribute to the admission, teaching and research training of the Division’s students. Each Program has its own steering committee to provide students with personal attention, guiding them and addressing their needs during the first years of training. Steering committee members are conversant with the broad range of opportunities available to the student pursuing a graduate degree at Washington University, and they work for a precise match of interest, aptitude, Program and course of study.

Each of the 12 Programs establishes its own requirements for earning the PhD degree, and progress toward the degree is monitored by the Program steering committee. The PhD degree is granted by Washington University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Doctoral programs

  • Biochemistry
  • Computational and Molecular Biophysics
  • Computational and Systems Biology
  • Developmental, Regenerative and Stem Cell Biology
  • Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology
  • Human and Statistical Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Molecular Genetics and Genomics
  • Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Neurosciences
  • Plant Biology

For more information

For complete admissions details and program descriptions, visit the DBBS website or contact:

Mailing address:
Division of Biology & Biomedical Science
Washington University in St. Louis
Campus Box 8226
660 South Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110

Physical location:
660 South Euclid Ave.
Bernard Becker Medical Library, Fourth floor

Main phone numbers:
Phone: (314) 747-0840
Toll Free: (800) 852-9074
Fax: (314) 362-3369