Dean's Message

Thank you for your interest in the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences (IMGS) at City of Hope. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and research institute dedicated to training the next generation of scientists and clinicians.
For over a decade, City of Hope has been recognized as one of the nation's elite cancer hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and is currently ranked as the leading cancer hospital in the West. Our Beckman Research Institute launched the biotech industry by creating the first human recombinant gene products, insulin and somatostatin. Humanized antibodies, now used in many cancer therapies, were also pioneered here.
These developments at our institution by researchers (students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty) have benefited millions of people worldwide. Our faculty members have made major contributions in biological sciences and biomedicine and are widely recognized as leaders in their fields. Both basic science and translational biomedical research flourish here, in a collegial atmosphere in which cross-communication thrives and basic science findings are often applied to the cure of life-threatening diseases.
The IMGS enrolled its first class of Ph.D. students in 1994. Students in Ph.D. program of IMGS have full financial support and pay no tuition. Our mission is to train students to be outstanding research scientists in chemical, molecular, and cellular biology. Graduates of this program are awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in biological sciences and are equipped to address fundamental questions in the life sciences and biomedicine for careers in academia, industry, and government. By entering the IMGS, you will be pursuing a degree with world leaders in research and treatment of cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening illnesses.
Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities, which include mass spectrometry, NMR, molecular modeling, cell sorting, DNA sequencing, molecular pathology, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, confocal microscopy, and molecular imaging. We have a strong track record in training both graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. In addition, we host undergraduate researchers in our extensive summer internship programs.
We are excited about our new joint master’s program with the Keck Graduate Institute (KGI), a Master of Science in Translational Medicine (MSTM). Over the years, our relationship with KGI has grown from research collaborations to a certificate in Bioscience Management. Our new collaborative MSTM program allows students to benefit from KGI's curriculum in science and business, and the translational research opportunities on the City of Hope campus.
This website contains links to our online application form and all the necessary information about applying to our MSTM and Ph.D. program. We encourage you to visit our beautiful campus to learn more about this exciting opportunity for graduate education.

David Ann, Ph.D.
Dean, Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences