The mission of the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at the City of Hope is to train students in an academically stimulating, collaborative and diverse environment to apply their creativity, curiosity and talents to advance understanding of the complexities of the life sciences and to apply research discoveries to the cures for diseases. The program provides students with a solid educational foundation and a research environment that encourages independent thought and challenges current dogma. The program offers coursework to establish a framework for understanding the complexities of scientific problems, research opportunities with investigators who have integrated the latest technologies into their research projects, and professional forums where students can share ideas with colleagues.