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Basic Biomedical Sciences

Put yourself at the forefront of research and discovery in medicine through a graduate degree in basic biomedical sciences. The M.S. or Ph.D. will equip you with an interdisciplinary foundation and robust research experiences as you begin your career in biomedical research. 

Make a difference through biomedical research

Biomedical sciences bridges science and health care, producing research that promotes human health and expands our understanding and treatment of disease. By pursuing a graduate degree in basic biomedical sciences, you can gain the interdisciplinary foundation you need for a career in biomedical research.

As a basic biomedical sciences student in the USD Sanford School of Medicine, you will experience a hands-on and specialized education that prepares you to become a biomedical scientist. Our program prioritizes laboratory investigation and original research opportunities, providing you with access to robust facilities that help you find the answers to your questions. Here you'll find passionate and expert faculty who serve as research mentors while also actively producing their own research. This is an important part of our program, as we want you to access enhanced learning experiences and set yourself up for success pursuing a residency match. Our students have gone on to become toxicologists, doctors, epidemiologists, laboratory technicians and professors, among other careers in research and medicine. With notable funding opportunities, well-established research centers and close interaction between faculty and students, USD provides a robust and enriching education in basic biomedical sciences.

Become a biomedical scientist who has the experience, knowledge and connections necessary to thrive by studying basic biomedical sciences at USD.


Degrees & Offerings

Basic Biomedical Sciences (M.S.)

Master's
  Vermillion Main Campus

Through the M.S. in basic biomedical sciences program, you'll gain an interdisciplinary graduate education in a variety of basic biomedical science areas. The program stresses laboratory investigation and original research under the direction of a faculty member, as well as flexibility and individual choice as you develop a program of study that fits your unique interests.

Basic Biomedical Sciences (Ph.D.)

Doctorate
  Vermillion Main Campus

Pursue an interdisciplinary graduate education to begin your career in biomedical research. You can choose to specialize in cancer biology, cardiovascular biology, infectious diseases, molecular biology and genetics, neuroscience or physiology and pharmacology.

Basic Biomedical Sciences: Cancer Biology (Ph.D.)

Doctorate with Specialization
  Vermillion Main Campus

The Ph.D. in basic biomedical sciences with a specialization in cancer biology will allow you to tailor your education to your unique interests as you begin your career in biomedical research. You will conduct dissertation research in cancer biology and take courses relevant to this specialization area, such as Molecular Biology of the Gene and Modern Approaches in Cancer Biology.

Basic Biomedical Sciences: Cardiovascular Biology (Ph.D.)

Doctorate with Specialization
  Vermillion Main Campus

The Ph.D. in basic biomedical sciences with a specialization in cardiovascular biology will allow you to tailor your education to your unique interests as you begin your career in biomedical research. You will conduct dissertation research in cardiovascular biology and take courses relevant to this specialization area, such as Advanced Cardiac Biology and Neural Regulations of Cardiovascular Functions.

Basic Biomedical Sciences: Infectious Diseases (Ph.D.)

Doctorate with Specialization
  Vermillion Main Campus

The Ph.D. in basic biomedical sciences with a specialization in infectious disease will allow you to tailor your education to your unique interests as you begin your career in biomedical research. You will conduct dissertation research in infectious disease and take courses relevant to this specialization area, such as Advanced Immunology and Microbial Genetics.

Basic Biomedical Sciences: Molecular Biology & Genetics (Ph.D.)

Doctorate with Specialization
  Vermillion Main Campus

The Ph.D. in basic biomedical sciences with a specialization in molecular biology and genetics will allow you to tailor your education to your unique interests as you begin your career in biomedical research. You will conduct dissertation research in molecular biology and genetics and take courses relevant to this specialization area, such as Genetics of Human Disease and Molecular Mechanisms of Disease.

Basic Biomedical Sciences: Neuroscience (Ph.D.)

Doctorate with Specialization
  Vermillion Main Campus

The Ph.D. in basic biomedical sciences with a specialization in neuroscience will allow you to tailor your education to your unique interests as you begin your career in biomedical research. You will conduct dissertation research in neuroscience and take courses relevant to this specialization area, such as Advanced Neuroanatomy and Behavioral Neuroscience.

Basic Biomedical Sciences: Physiology & Pharmacology (Ph.D.)

Doctorate with Specialization
  Vermillion Main Campus

The Ph.D. in basic biomedical sciences with a specialization in physiology and pharmacology will allow you to tailor your education to your unique interests as you begin your career in biomedical research. You will conduct dissertation research in physiology and pharmacology and take courses relevant to this specialization area, such as Signal Transduction.

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Known for Excellence

With qualities like small class sizes, specialized programs and incredible student opportunities, USD is not your typical university. What makes us unique is what makes your education exceptional.

STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES

As a student at USD, the opportunities available to you extend beyond the classroom. Explore your interests, find your community and experience your education to the fullest extent through the following opportunities.

Gain valuable, real-world professional experience while enjoying paid employment and discounted tuition rates as a graduate student at USD. The affordability you gain through graduate assistantships and fellowships will equip you with valuable, professional-level skills that will set you apart after graduation. 

Stipend

In the basic biomedical sciences program, admitted students in research track programs are eligible to receive a fellowship stipend and reduced tuition. Recipients must work full time towards degree completion. Stipend is also contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

  • The Ph.D. Research Graduate Assistantship stipend is currently $28,084 for the first full year ($2,340 per month)
  • The M.S. Plan A Research Graduate Assistantship stipend is currently $14,042 annually ($1,170 monthly)

Tuition Reduction

  • Fellows with resident student status receive an additional reduction in tuition and fees on top of the resident student tuition reduction (student portion = $4,893 annually for 21 credit hours).
  • Fellows with non-resident student status receive a 62% reduction in tuition and fees (student portion = $5,601 annually for 21 credit hours).
  • Credit hour tuition and fee details are listed on the USD tuition and fees page.
  • You may be asked to assist faculty in some teaching, but this typically is limited to fewer than 20 hours per year.

Teaching and research assistantships are awarded by individual departments. If you do not receive an assistantship within your department, you are eligible for an assistantship outside of your academic program or within support offices at USD. Further inquiries should be directed to the graduate chair of the department.

For more information and to apply for a graduate assistantship, visit the Graduate Assistantship webpage.

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At USD, our graduate students are actively pursuing unique research and presenting at local and national conferences exploring innovative areas of interest to them. Additional research and grant opportunities include:

Research and Creative Scholarship Opportunities

Each semester students may apply for grants through the USD Graduate School, faculty and students pursue research in virtually all academic departments on campus, and in many cases, it is a required portion of a graduate degree program.

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IdeaFest

IdeaFest is an annual event celebrating student research, creative scholarship and academic engagement. Undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines present their work in oral and poster presentations, live performances, readings, exhibits and displays.

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Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in basic biomedical sciences.
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Parry Center

The Parry Center for Clinical Skills & Simulation is a state-of-the-art learning environment that allows collaboration among students and safely simulates real-patient experiences.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know the faculty and staff in the Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences. Our faculty are experts in their field, specializing in cancer biology, cardiovascular, entomology, human genetics, infectious disease, microbiology, and neuroscience among other areas.
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William Mayhan

Dean, Basic Biomedical Science
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Daniel Bird

Assoc Dean of Basic Sciences
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Michelle Baack

Chair, Pediatrics
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Keith Hansen

Chair, OB/GYN
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Timothy Soundy

Chair, Psychiatry
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Denise Arrick

Instructor
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Edward Bagu

Assistant Professor
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Stephen Bambas

Instructor
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Lee Baugh

Associate Professor
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Maria Bell

Professor
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Pam Bernard

Accounting Assistant
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Sara Bird

Mgr, USD Body Donation Prog
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Brian Burrell

Professor
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Indra Chandrasekar

Assistant Professor
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William Chen

Assistant Professor
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Bruce Cuevas

Assistant Professor
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Jamie Cuka

BBS Senior Secretary
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Luci Drapeau

BRIN Tribal College Coord
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Donis Drappeau

Crd, Diversity & Pipeline Prog
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Scott Druecker

Assistant Professor
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Erik Ehli

Associate Professor
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Randy Faustino

Assistant Professor
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Xuesheng Feng

Clinical Associate Professor
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Kevin Francis

Assistant Professor
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Jessica Freeling

Dir, Physiology Research Core
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Taylor Friemel

Assistant Professor
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Barb Goodman

Professor
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Kurt Griffin

Associate Professor
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Victor Huber

Associate Professor
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Michael Kareta

Assistant Professor
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Joyce Keifer

Professor
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Curtis Kost Jr.

Associate Professor
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Damon LeaderCharge

Director of Tribal Outreach
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Lance Lee

Associate Professor
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Yi-Fan Li

Professor
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Kaijie Ma

Research Associate III
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Lisa McFadden

Assistant Professor
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Pasquale Manzerra PhD

Asst Dean, Med Student Affairs
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Douglas Martin

Professor Emeritus
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Gerald McGraw

Assistant Professor
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Mike Olson

Fabrication Technician
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Assistant Professor
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David Pearce

Professor
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Wendy Pederson

Graduate & Educ Manager
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Diane Penfield

BBS Financial Assistant
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Assistant Professor
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Assistant Professor
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Associate Professor
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Associate Professor
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Associate Professor
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Professor
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Jackie Rubida

BBS Personnel Assistant
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Associate Professor
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Assistant Professor
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Associate Professor
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Associate Professor
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Assistant Professor
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Assistant Professor
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Director
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Professor
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Hong Zheng

Assistant Professor
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Hands-on Learning. Cutting-edge Research.

As a community of researchers and scientists, we know that hands-on experience in research facilities is crucial for your career preparation. Our division is home to several state-of-the-art facilities that allow you to gain experience with industry technology and find answers to your questions. Whether you want to study biochemistry, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, cancer biology, cellular biology or another area of the biomedical sciences, you'll find the support and resources to engage in relevant research and launch your career.
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Mentorship Unlocks Opportunity

USD offers a variety of research opportunities that enhance your learning experience and help you improve your chance at getting a residency match. More than half of the faculty members in our division are actively engaged in scholarly and research activities, and they are committed to bringing students into that experience. See our list of research mentors for more information about their research foci and how you can get involved.


Meet Our Research Mentors

Surprisingly Affordable

Whether you’ve recently completed your undergraduate degree, or you want to kick your career up a notch, graduate school is the next logical step. The good news is there is funding for both online and on-campus students to get you through your program. 
Resident & WRGP
MN Residents
Non-Resident
Tuition (9 cr.)
3061.35
4398.75
5886.45
Fees (9 cr.)
497.7
497.7
497.7
Books (estimate)
360
360
360

More About Tuition & Fees

This is an estimate tuition rate* per credit hour and other factors such as special fees associated with your program may change the cost of tuition. Tuition rates are subject to change. 

If you are wondering about how to pay for graduate school, there are additional funding options to consider.

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