Graduate Programs in Bioscience is a consortium of ten Home Areas, each consisting of an interdepartmental group of faculty and students with shared interests in research areas and approaches. Each interdepartmental Home Area is aligned with a Ph.D.-granting program, provides in-depth, cutting-edge training, and offers access to a wide variety of exceptional faculty mentors. Home Areas break down conventional institutional divisions and serve as a nexus for inquiry, training, and discovery in research themes where UCLA faculty members are leaders. Home Areas are designed to unite students and faculty in cohesive groups organized by research focus, while also allowing first-year students to rotate in laboratories outside the Home Area should their interest take them there. In those circumstances, students may move to another Home Area within the GPB Program to pursue their research interests.

Biochemistry, Biophysics & Structural Biology

The Biochemistry, Biophysics & Structural Biology (BBSB) Home Area at UCLA offers training and research opportunities to foster future leaders in both academia and industry. Our world-class faculty and students use cutting edge technologies to study fundamental biological processes and tackle a wide range of diseases.


Bioinformatics can be defined broadly as the study of the inherent structure of biological information. Some of this inherent structure is very obvious (e.g., statistical patterns that reveal crucial functional regions such as genes),

Cell & Developmental Biology

The Cell & Developmental Biology (CDB) Home Area has developed a training program designed to create the next generation of leaders in this dynamic field. The strengths of CDB at UCLA are broad and deep,

Gene Regulation, Epigenomics & Transcriptomics

Studies spanning the past three decades have revealed that differential gene expression is one of the most widely used modes of cellular regulation in both normal physiological processes such as development and differentiation and aberrant processes such as cancer.

Genetics & Genomics

The main goal of this Home Area is to inspire and educate young scientists in Genetics & Genomics.  This is the best time in history to join our field, as fast and cost-effective high-throughput sequencing of multiple types and layers of genomic information are rapidly revolutionizing the role of Genetics and Genomics in medicine and society.

Immunity, Microbes & Molecular Pathogenesis

The Immunity, Microbes & Molecular Pathogenesis (IMMP) Home Area offers students an inspired training program that focuses on the study of microbes and the immune system that defends against microbes as well as other diseases.

Medical Informatics

Medical informatics is an interdisciplinary field using computational methods to improve healthcare. As the practice of medicine becomes increasingly dependent on data, new capabilities are needed to manage and transform it into useful insights about human disease and its treatment.

Molecular Pharmacology

The Molecular Pharmacology Home Area combines training and research opportunities in basic sciences and clinical research. Home Area studies integrate mathematics, engineering, physical, biological and medical sciences to achieve together advances that we cannot achieve individually in three overall areas,

Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Physiology

The Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Physiology Home Area is an interdepartmental Ph.D. program that brings together renowned faculty to educate the next generation of scientists to explore complex biological functions in both homeostatic and pathological states.


The Neuroscience Home Area trains students to be conversant in all levels of analysis in neuroscience, from the molecular and cellular to systems, behavior, translation, and disease, while specializing in their chosen field of research.

Physics & Biology in Medicine

The Physics & Biology in Medicine Home Area is an interdisciplinary program that seeks to develop research scientists with a broad skillset in biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering and computer science and who understand these disciplines as they relate to the treatment of diseases as well as the instruments and techniques that are involved.