The Biological Sciences Graduate Program (BISI) offers outstanding opportunities for research and discovery within and across contemporary disciplines. Faculty mentors help students investigate exciting questions, in directions driven by each student’s interests and curiosity. Enthusiastic and interactive colleagues, agile minds, and cutting-edge technologies work together to advance and apply science. The goal of the Biological Sciences Program is to enable students to obtain the best training in their intended research areas, to work closely with outstanding faculty, and to prepare for successful futures contributing to innovative advances and effective teaching in the life sciences.
University of Maryland offers strong collaborations and enriched opportunities for research with distinguished institutions.
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Smithsonian Institution, including the National Zoo
- USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
In addition to being a vibrant hub of science, medicine, biotech, and environmental research and policy, the D.C. area’s rich and diverse culture make it an especially lively, friendly, accessible community for students to thrive professionally and personally. The campus is “inside the beltway,” situated a swift 20 minutes (by convenient Metro ride from College Park) from the heart of the nation’s capital.
Mitter & Wing Labs
Nathan's work was recently featured in the Smithsonian Magazine.
A few years ago, University of Maryland PhD student Nathan Jud was routinely examining a batch of ancient plant fossils in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum‘s collections when one in particular caught his eye.
“It looked sort of like a little piece of fern, so I tried to remove a bit of the rock that was covering it to get a sense of what type of fern it was,” he says. “But the more of the rock I would lift off the surface, the more fossil I found buried. What I thought had been one little piece of a leaf actually turned out to be two, connected to each other.”
Dr. Kan Cao
Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics
Dr. Cao studies molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying Hutchinson Gilford progeria syndrome, a rare premature aging disease, and the normal human aging process. Her research focuses on patient primary cell culture and induced pluripotent stem cells and uses tools from molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, and genomics. She was named the New Scholar in Aging by the Ellison Medical Foundation in 2011, and received Board of Visitors junior faculty award in 2013.