Quick Facts

Learn more about what makes the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) a leader in biomedical research and health-science training.

About the Graduate School 

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the ISMMS offers a unique training environment thanks to its full integration with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) and the Mount Sinai Health System, a network of eight New York City hospital campuses supported by ISMMS’s centers of excellence, research institutes and laboratories, strategic partnerships, faculty, and affiliated practices.

Best, Brightest and Most Diverse Students

  • 3.75 undergraduate GPA (PhD matriculants, 2019-2020)
  • 3.78 undergraduate GPA (MD/PhD matriculants, 2019-2020)
  • 4.8 years to graduation for PhD students; 7.8 years for MD/PhD students (average, past 7 years)
  • 70% women in our PhD programs in Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience (2019-2020)
  • 23% students underrepresented in science in Master's and PhD programs
  • 67 countries, including the United States, represented by our postdoctoral fellows and graduate students

Our Graduate School by the Numbers  

  • 300+ research laboratories
  • 245 PhD students
  • 95 MD/PhD students
  • 343 Masters students
  • 588 Postdoctoral fellows

ISMMS Funding

  • $348.5m in NIH funding awarded for research in 2018

ISMMS Research Rankings  

  • Top 15 among U.S. Medical Schools for NIH Funding 

Top NIH-Funded Basic Sciences Departments at ISMMS  

  • #1 in Neuroscience
  • #3 in Microbiology   
  • #4 in Pharmacology
  • #5 in Genetics

NCI-Designated Cancer Center

  • Tisch Cancer Institute

Renowned ISMMS Faculty

  • 24 members of the National Academies of Sciences and Medicine


  • More than 25 shared research facilities offering the latest in high-performance computing, imaging, molecular pathology, genetic and genomic, stem cell, and other technologies
  • Ranked at the top of Fast Company’s annual list of the “Ten Most Innovative Companies in Big Data” in 2014 and 2016, and the only educational institution to make the list 
  • Ranked by Nature Index 2017 Innovation among the top 10 most innovative institutions whose research may shape tomorrow’s inventions (based on contributions to published research later cited by others in patent development)

  • 215 U.S. and foreign patents covering ISMMS technology issued to date