St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences PhD Program

An extraordinary program at one of the world's premier research and treatment centers for pediatric cancer and childhood disease.


A PhD from the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is like no other. With leading-edge science, unparalleled resources, and unique clinical experience, our graduate program is designed to create scientific leaders who will discover the next generation of cures.

Our innovative curriculum is for independent students who thrive in an interactive, challenging and creative research environment. Doctoral research can be pursued in diverse areas with top basic and translational research faculty  supported by state-of-the-art facilities. Beyond our global leadership in pediatric oncology, St. Jude has superb programs in infectious diseases, genetic and blood disorders, neurological diseases and drug discovery, and world-class basic research in cell and molecular biology, chemical biology, developmental neurobiology, immunology, host-microbe interactions and structural biology.

Clinical care experience is a fundamental component of the program. Students interact extensively with medical experts and follow St. Jude patients from the beginning of their first year.

Throughout training, students are supported by generous benefits, extraordinary core facilities, and a collaborative, close-knit environment — all in the heart of the vibrant, musical city of Memphis.

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For questions regarding the BMS PhD Program at St. Jude, please contact us at or 901-595-4581.

Program Leadership

We welcome talented applicants from diverse scientific backgrounds. Learn more about eligibility, important dates and how to apply.

Find out more about the PhD program world-class biomedical research faculty and their research interests.  Most accept students for laboratory rotations and dissertation projects.

St. Jude is built on a strong foundation of collaborative interactions spanning disciplines, and all Graduate School faculty, including those from the Global Child Health and Clinical Investigations MS programs, may participate in the PhD program through teaching, collaboration, and as committee members for PhD dissertation projects when appropriate.

As a student, you will experience a curriculum that has been thoughtfully designed to meet the specific needs of modern biomedical research. Browse our catalog and discover more about what makes us unique.

St. Jude is located in Memphis, Tennessee, and is part of a robust network of medical universities and hospitals. Learn more about our culture and where you fit in.

Our students make up the backbone of the research being conducted at St. Jude. Meet your future classmates and learn more about their scientific achievements.

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We offer PhD students a highly competitive stipend, excellent benefits and exceptional support for their research.