Graduate Research Education


The Office of Graduate Research Education, led by Leon Fine, MD, oversees the following programs:

  • Graduate PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine
    Directed by David Underhill, PhD, the Cedars-Sinai Graduate PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine focuses on the translation of scientific discoveries into the application of therapies, treatments and cures. Our program merges scientific and translational medicine curricula with mentoring by researchers and clinicians, as well as broad exposure to clinical medicine. Graduates earn a doctoral degree in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine.
  • Clinical Scholars Program
    Directed by C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, the Cedars-Sinai Clinical Scholars Program targets fellows and junior faculty of Cedars-Sinai with aspirations to become clinical scientists. The goal is to create a successful clinical scientist who will have an impact on a field of clinical and translational research upon graduating from the program.
  • Postdoctoral Scientist Program
    Directed by Barry Stripp, PhD, the Cedars-Sinai Postdoctoral Scientist Program offers advanced research training for those who have completed their doctoral studies. Postdoctoral scientists work under the supervision of a principal investigator (PI) and have the expectation of and the opportunity for collaborative and independent research and publication of their findings.

Medical Student Affairs oversees independent students in research.


Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

Cedars-Sinai is part of a unique partnership in the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), an academic-clinical-community partnership involving UCLA, Cedars-Sinai, Harbor-UCLA/LABiomed and Charles Drew University of Medicine. The CTSI is designed to accelerate scientific discoveries and clinical breakthroughs to improve health in Los Angeles county. The CTSI Research Education, Training, and Career Development program houses most of our education and training activities. It ensures CTSI trainees acquire the core competencies needed to conduct community participatory, multidisciplinary and other types of clinical research across the translational research spectrum.