In keeping with our mission to train the best and most original practitioners in medical and biomedical sciences, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) offers three programs leading to a PhD degree, as well as an integrated track leading to a simultaneous MD/PhD degree.
PhD in Biomedical Science
Today, more than at any time in history, the study of contemporary science crosses the boundaries of many disciplines; it overlaps with old and new fields and in the process creates new ones. When new fields are developed they present opportunities to provide fresh and inventive approaches to important biomedical problems.
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at ISMMS exemplifies the changing and challenging nature of the contemporary field, and our students follow a study track that focuses on a single important research area. Students are supported in these endeavors by learning how to translate the lessons learned in the laboratory to the day to day needs of the clinic.
PhD in Neuroscience
The PhD in Neuroscience Program provides rigorous, multidisciplinary and highly collaborative training that emphasizes translational and transformative discoveries about the molecules, cells, circuits and behaviors that constitute nervous system function in health and disease. The program leverages the close partnership between the Icahn School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Health System hospitals to provide an extraordinary diversity of scientific and clinical strengths, fostered by close synergy across the organization including the Department of Neuroscience, The Friedman Brain Institute, Psychiatry, Neurology, Genetics and Genomic Sciences, among others.
PhD Training Areas
PhD training areas or multidisciplinary training areas (MTAs) are a core characteristic of graduate education and provide our students with the opportunity to expand their areas of study beyond the confines of one discipline. We currently have seven such training areas in which multiple departments participate: