ProgramsKnown for its educational philosophy of flexibility and personal attention, the graduate school gives students the opportunity to earn their degree by joining an organized program of study in an approved discipline, or by designing an individualized degree path to suit their professional goals. The Faculty recently adopted the GSBS Core Tenets of Graduate Training to emphasize the commitments of faculty and students to each other, and of both to their scientific profession.Students and their faculty mentors in many of these areas are increasingly conducting translational research aimed at hastening the application of their fundamental laboratory discoveries to improve human health.Click here to learn more about our Programs.
Community PartnersGSBS community partnerships are far-reaching throughout the city, county and state.Within the Houston - Galveston area GSBS participates actively in the research and training programs of the Gulf Coast Consortium (GCC) and its educational arm, the Keck Center. The GCC is a consortium of Baylor College of Medicine, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Rice University, The University of Houston, The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Through this affiliation GSBS students may enroll in courses and have access to shared equipment at any of these component institutions. GSBS students working in laboratories at M. D. Anderson and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston may also participate in special biomedical engineering programs via interactions with the College of Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin. Collectively, these interactions provide a breath and quality of educational opportunities to our students that are second to none in the world.The Graduate School has a variety of collaborative agreements and academic interactions with other state and regional institutions including the Ft. Bend Independent School District, the Houston Independent School District, the Spring Branch Independent School District, Texas Southern University, Prairie View A&M University, The University of Texas at Brownsville, and The University of Texas Pan American. At the University of Houston-Downtown selected GSBS students serve as teaching assistants for courses in the natural sciences for UH undergraduates.Community affiliations with the Graduate School include : the American Business Women's Association, WINGS Chapter; the American Legion Auxiliary; the American Medical Writers Association Southwest Chapter; Hispanic Students Association; John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science; Science and Engineering Fair of Houston, Inc.; Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society; Philanthropic Education Organization, E chapter; and the Tzu Chi Organization.The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston receives support from the following foundations: the Cullen Trust for Higher Education, Harry S. & Isabel C. Cameron Foundation; the Rosalie B. Hite Foundation; the William and Madeline Welder Smith Foundation; the John P. McGovern Foundation; the Schissler Foundation; the Ralph and Ruth McCullough Foundation Cancer Answers, and the Sylvan Rodriguez Foundation, among others.
FacultyCurrent faculty number nearly 600 with full time members plus additional adjunct faculty. This large and distinguished group includes the 1998 winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, two recipients of the Prince Mahidol Award, two Lasker Award winners, members of the National Academic of Sciences and Institute of Medicine, and numerous recipients of other honors, awards and professional leadership recognition.Faculty of our participating institutions collectively receive annual research support from the National Institutes of Health which ranks in the top 1-2% of NIH funding each year in the world.
Nearly 600 students are working toward degrees with 80 - 100 students receiving their degrees annually. The student body includes approximately 1/3 of its population from Texas, 1/3 from the rest of the United States, and 1/3 that is international students. There are a roughly equal number of men and women, and students are drawn from a variety of undergraduate institutions and majors. The Graduate Student Association (GSA) provides a student forum for discussion of common needs, works cooperatively with the faculty and administration to build a recognized and well-respected institution, and develops student fellowship and social activities. GSBS representatives also participate actively in student governance through the Student Inter-Council of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, the Graduate Student Education Committee at The University of Texas Medical School, and the Graduate Education Committee at M. D. Anderson.GSBS students have access to University housing a short distance from the main campus that includes outstanding recreational center with facilities for weight training, aerobic exercise, tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts; a heated Olympic size swimming pool for year round use; a softball field, and jogging trail. All UT facilities are accessible by a free shuttle service.