From the Dean

Stephen White at 2019 graduate school convocation

Welcome to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences!

Are you seeking an innovative graduate experience? If so, I strongly encourage you to explore the programs of the St. Jude Graduate School. The hospital was founded in 1962 to cure life-threatening childhood diseases through seamless interactions between clinicians and researchers.

This uniquely integrated clinical and scientific environment provides unmatched opportunities for scientific graduate training. The first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children, St. Jude has also been ranked as the No. 1 pediatric cancer hospital by U.S. News & World Report. By advancing the research of the nation’s top pediatric cancer hospital, your work here will make a real difference to our patients and to children around the world.

Our reputation for scientific and clinical excellence has been achieved by following a simple formula – hiring the best researchers and providing them with the best facilities. We used the same simple formula to create the Graduate School, which boasts a graduate faculty of internationally renowned investigators. As a graduate student, you will be taught and mentored by nearly 150 scientific and clinical investigators working within 22 academic departments.

You will join a highly selective cohort of students, who will develop into elite biomedical scientists and health professionals fully prepared to be leaders in research, academia, government, and industry. Our resources are unparalleled, with access to state-of-the art core facilities that will speed scientific discovery and expedite your progress to graduation. To foster collaboration and community, our students enjoy a custom-designed space in the Marlo Thomas Center for Global Education and Collaboration. The space encompasses the teaching facility, staff offices, a recreational and discussion area, and private study carrels for your first year in the program.

In our program, you will experience a curriculum that has been thoughtfully designed to meet the needs of modern biomedical research and pediatric health. St. Jude conducts research in many scientific disciplines including biology, chemistry, physics, computational biology, and global pediatric medicine, and our program is flexible for students with a wide variety of interests and backgrounds. Our challenging curriculum is ideally suited to independent, ambitious and fearless graduate students who enjoy working in teams and sharing creative ideas.

Memphis offers an outstanding quality of life for students and attractions that include a thriving music and arts scene, NBA basketball and professional baseball and soccer, a rich cultural environment, parks and biking trails, world-class dining, and a fun and vibrant nightlife. St. Jude- sponsored housing for our graduate students is available along the beautiful Mississippi River or in the historic midtown area. Our outstanding social and intellectual environment is a major reason why St. Jude is consistently ranked on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work For.”

I encourage you to learn more about the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and look forward to welcoming you to our remarkable institution.


Stephen White, DPhil
President and Dean
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences