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.

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. 

Concentration Areas

Each student is part of, and advised though, one of the interdisciplinary concentration areas:

  • BEES: Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
  • CBBG: Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, and Genomics
  • MOCB: Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • PSYS: Physiological Systems


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Recent Publications


BISI Fellowship Awardees
2014 - 2015 

Flagship Fellowship:
Guarav Kandlikar (Kraft Lab)

Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship
Vivek Advani (Dinman Lab)
Shang-Hsuan Lin (Colombini Lab)

Ann G. Wylie Fellowships 
Lijuan Du (Wang Lab)
Suna Gulay (Dinman Lab)
Kyle Miller-Hesed (Wilkinson Lab)
Jenni Shemansky (Chang Lab)
Frank Stearns (Fenster Lab)



  • Vasudevan Achuthan (MOCB, DeStefano Lab) was awarded the prestigious Stephanie and Richard Vogel Graduate Student award for Spring 2015..
  • Dr. Antony Jose and students Sinduja Ravanapally and Snusha Ravikumar featured in CMNS News.
  • 2015-2016 Fellowship Deadlines (click here)
  • BISI Matriculating Class of 2014 (click here)
  • Kevin Nyberg (Machado Lab) receives an NSF DDIG.  Congrats!
  • UMD student Nathan Jud featured in New York Times..more.
  • BISI video award Winners
  • Top 10 conference paper for Kun Wang (CBBG) ...more
  • Haoyue Zhang (MOCB) wins best poster...more.


BISI Merit Award Recipients

The Biological Sciences Graduate Program is proud to announce this year's Merit Award winners.  The Merit Award provides recognition and encouragement to students that perform unusually well in graduate school.  The award comes with a $2000 honorarium.