Message from the Dean

It gives me enormous pleasure to welcome you to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) in New York City. The GSBS is a progressive and independent institution accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and authorized by the New York State Education Department to award doctorate degrees (PhD and MD/PhD) in biomedical sciences, neuroscience, and clinical research, as well as master’s degrees in biomedical sciences, biomedical informatics, biostatistics, clinical research, public health, health care delivery leadership, and genetic counseling. 

An engine of creativity within ISMMS, the central mission of the Graduate School is to empower both graduate and post-graduate students with the necessary skills to embrace the challenges of 21st century biomedicine and further improve human health, using innovative approaches such as immersive learning strategies, digital technologies, and team-science research activities. Providing graduate training that addresses areas from basic and translational research to population and community health, workforce development, health system management and improvement, clinical research, and clinical care is critically important and is a vital part of our mission.

I consider it particularly exciting and an immense privilege to lead the GSBS at a time of authentic revolution in both biomedical research and graduate education. To provide unprecedented insight into long-standing biomedical problems, it is imperative that 21st century biomedical scientists and health care leaders become proficient in the integration of approaches and results across a range of disciplines, including genetics, neuroscience, developmental biology, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, but also physics, chemistry, computer science, engineering, and mathematics. This new environment requires changing the way graduate students have traditionally been trained, and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is embracing this challenge by:

  • Establishing programs that nourish cross-disciplinary investigation and communication.
  • Teaching the skills and knowledge students need to succeed in today’s world (e.g., computational thinking, problem solving, team work, project management, entrepreneurship, etc.), tailored to the career path they choose to pursue.
  • Providing a more efficient training experience through personalized learning within shortened programs. 
  • Training a diverse and underrepresented scientific workforce, including but not limited to minority and female students.

If you share our passion for biomedical research, and our commitment to shape the future of biomedicine and health care through innovation and discovery, I encourage you to consider joining one of our outstanding educational programs. The hallmark of the GSBS is a diverse, creative and uniquely collegial community of highly accomplished faculty and trainees, who partner seamlessly with renowned clinicians at the Mount Sinai Health System, one of the largest health systems in the United States.

So what are you waiting for? Join one of our degree programs and change the world!

Marta Filizola, PhD
Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences