Our Science: Creative, Collaborative, Full-Spectrum

Biomedical Research that Moves Basic Science Forward into Cures


At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, science matters. Here, you will experience the full spectrum of scientific exploration—from cutting-edge basic research, to a robust translational pipeline and world-class clinical trials run on campus. You will have the opportunity to develop specialized expertise in the areas that interest you most and work closely with some of the world’s leading investigators. 

A hallmark of St. Jude is the collaborative, creative research culture. Scientists and clinicians talk to each other daily, whether in organized formal programs or over coffee. Seminars are lively affairs, and scientists from different disciplines regularly work and publish together. 

Fundamental Discoveries Feed into Translational Research

At St. Jude’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, our commitment to basic research supports creative exploration and a deeper understanding of the genetic and molecular factors that cause disease.

We also bring innovative data and population science to bear in our work to support child health. Our researchers have the freedom to focus on the most compelling problems in their fields and a collaborative culture that draws us across disciplines.

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Research Strengths

St. Jude has leading research programs in many areas including:

Close to the Clinic

Cross-disciplinary collaboration is frequent and encouraged. Because of the close working relationships between clinicians and laboratory investigators, your work can have the potential to directly influence clinical trials for patients, and can take exciting new directions based on clinical findings.

Superb Resources and Facilities

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Even as a student researcher, you will have access to an impressive array of state-of-the-art shared resources and core facilities. Each facility is staffed by experts who can train you on new technologies, execute experiments, or provide insights into experimental design and analysis. 

Visits to St. Jude core facilities are incorporated into the first-year doctoral curriculum to allow you to observe the technologies in operation and learn about our extensive onsite capabilities. 

Throughout your degree program, St. Jude core facilities and their expert staff are available to help you master new experimental approaches and accelerate your work.

Shared Resources & Core Facilities

Large Collaborative Projects

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Influenza Center of Excellence

 A WHO Collaborating Center

Comprehensive Cancer Center

The only NCI-designated center for children

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Advancing Cures through Data and Discovery


Early-Career Scientist, Erich Damm, PhD, Recognized for Groundbreaking Work

Changing our understanding how blood gets made. That’s the work of Erich Damm, PhD, at St. Jude. One of 30 STAT Wunderkinds named in 2018, Damm learned that primitive neurons “talk” to the future blood stem cells

The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In order to view detailed job placement and graduation information on the programs offered by the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, please visit http://www.tn.gov/thec/bureaus/student-aid-and-compliance/postsecondary-state-authorization/authorized-institutions-and-data.html.