In BBS, we bring together the best of fundamental mechanistic research and translational science focused on curing disease

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The BBS faculty is comprised of scientific leaders from every discipline

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Within BBS, you have the freedom to choose your educational path with supportive communities to help you excel

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Reach your scientific and professional goals in the heart of a vibrant city and world-class research environment

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A Warm Welcome

Come open your mind, roll up your sleeves, and shape the future through scientific discovery...

     -Susan Dymecki
      BBS Program Head
      Professor of Genetics


The Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) Program at Harvard offers Ph.D. training in the biosciences, built outward from core training in contemporary genetics, biochemistry, and molecular, cellular, and mechanistic biology. Under the BBS umbrella are nine engaging research communities comprised of basic science departments and interdepartmental programs at Harvard Medical School. We think of these communities as our “neighborhoods within the city”. Each provides a close-knit environment where faculty and trainees with common interests work together to advance research in their field and participate in training activities tailored to the diversity of career trajectories for today’s PhDs. BBS combines the unparalleled choice of research lab, made possible by its unique breadth and depth, with the cohesiveness of shared-interest communities typical of smaller departmental programs. Come join us.

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BBS Student Retreat on Cape Cod

Warm up virtually by revisiting photographically the sun, sand, and fun at the Provincetown Inn



Meet the BBS Office

Please stop by Gordon Hall room 005 for advice, merriment, a tail wag from Tucker the dog, and good conversation.



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