Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University is home to five basic science PhD programs; a combined MD/PhD program; MS degrees in Pharmacology and Drug Development and Biomedical Management; and PhD, MS, and Certificate Programs in Clinical and Translation Science. GSBS’s small size and collaborative, close-knit community create a supportive environment for our students. Plus, we’re located in the heart of Boston, a leading Biotech hub!

If you’re interested in the MD/PhD program, there’s a tour page specifically for you. Click through to learn about the Anatomy Lab, Clinical Skills and Simulation Center, and more.

The Biomedical Research and Public Health Building – better known as the M&V Building – serves many purposes for GSBS students. It houses classrooms, faculty offices, campus security, and – most importantly for PhD, MD/PhD, and MS students – lab space. MD/PhD students will also spend time in the Anatomy Lab and Clinical Skills and Simulation Center.

The Hirsh Health Sciences Library is home to far more than just books and journals, although it does have plenty of those. Students can attend computational workshops; work on sophisticated software in the computer labs; get a drink and a snack from the Food4Thought Cafe; and check out anatomical models. The Library also holds fun holiday-themed and stress-relieving events, from Halloween pumpkin making to therapy dogs during exam times.

Located on the 8th floor of the Medical Education Building, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Dean’s Office is here for anything our students need. Whether you need copies of your transcript, help planning an event for your student group, or just someone to talk to, our students are always welcome to stop by.

The Jaharis Building houses biomedical science labs, classrooms, the Behrakis Auditorium, and the Jaharis Cafe. Step outside and you’ll find yourself in the Jaharis Courtyard, a peaceful green space in the heart of the Boston Health Sciences Campus.

Jaharis Cafe and Courtyard is a great place to take a break from class or lab work, grab a snack, and (weather permitting) enjoy the outdoors. The space is also host to student-run events, graduation receptions, alumni reunions, and other programming. The cafe is home to composting facilities, and the future site of healthy, sustainable cuisine by Tufts Food Lab.

Jaharis 508 serves many functions. During orientation, lab safety training and international student orientation take place here. Program seminars and classes are held in the room, as are lab meetings. And if it’s not being used for one of those purposes, it can be a quiet study space.

Basic science labs and core facilities are the heart of Tufts’ biomedical research. PhD research takes places in one of five programs: Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology; Genetics; Immunology; Molecular Microbiology; and Neuroscience. Students in the MS programs in Pharmacology and Drug Development and Biomedical Management and the Clinical and Translational Science PhD and MS programs also conduct research as an important part of their degrees. Core facilities provide tools for advanced scientific research, such as high-definition microscopy and behavioral assays.

The Medical Education Building is a hub for GSBS students. The Dean’s Office is located on the 8th floor, down the hall from the Medical School Dean’s Office and Office of Financial Aid and surrounded by classrooms and quiet study space. The Hirsh Health Sciences Library takes up the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th floors – the 4th floor is also home to the School of Medicine’s Office of Student Affairs – while the ground floor is busy with events in DeBlois Auditorium and MedEd 114. There’s even a gym in the basement!

Tufts’ Health Sciences Campus is located in the heart of Boston’s historical Chinatown neighborhood. The SoWa neighborhood, known for the SoWa open market, lies to the south, while a short walk north will get you to Boston Common.