Dean's Message

Thank you for your interest in the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope. The graduate school provides a unique and challenging research and learning environment for graduate training in the biological and biomedical sciences.

City of Hope and Beckman Research Institute (which hosts the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences) have a remarkable history of innovation in science and medical care. Our faculty members have made major contributions in biological sciences and biomedicine and are widely recognized as leaders in their fields.

The biotech industry was launched by investigators at City of Hope when they created the technology that led to the first human recombinant gene products, insulin and human growth hormone, which are now in use by millions of people worldwide. The most recent class of blockbuster drugs, humanized monoclonal antibodies, is based upon a core technology developed by our Beckman Research Institute researchers. 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 graduate school enrolled its first class of students in 1994. Our graduates have gone on to academic appointments and postdoctoral fellowships at National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute and some of the nation’s best universities, as well as to positions in major biotech and pharmaceutical companies. City of Hope’s interdisciplinary research programs provide students with many opportunities to enrich their graduate education by interacting with other graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty members outside of their own areas of specialization. City of Hope has a strong track record in training both predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. In addition, we host undergraduate researchers in our extensive summer internship program.

We are excited to begin a new joint master’s program with the Keck Graduate Institute (KGI), a Master of Science in Translational Medicine. Over the years, our relationship with KGI has grown from research collaborations to a certificate in Bioscience Management. This new development 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 of the necessary information about applying to the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope. We encourage you to visit our beautiful campus to learn more about this exciting opportunity for graduate education.

John Rossi, Ph.D.
Dean, Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences