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Research Programs

Many BBS students will work on projects that reside within one of several new or existing research programs, including those highlighted below. Note that these are not Ph.D. training programs but rather are multi-million dollar interdisciplinary research endeavors involving numerous researchers, including BBS faculty, BBS students, and clinicians.

Cancer Center In conjunction with the Smilow Cancer Hospital, the Cancer Center seeks to study cancer from every angle and treat its various forms using cutting edge procedures and medications. Genetics, genomics, signal transduction, virology, and immunotherapy are some of the major research areas within the Center.

Cancer Biology Institute The Yale Cancer Biology Institute investigates the core biological causes of cancer. It draws faculty from both basic science and clinical departments and works closely with the Cancer Center.

Center for RNA Science and Medicine The Yale Center for RNA Science and Medicine brings together faculty from multiple disciplines to study the basic biology of RNA and extend findings into the clinic.

Human and Translational Immunology HTI faculty investigate the immunological components of a very wide range of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and asthma, to name a few. The overall goal of HTI is to translate basic science discoveries into new treatments for disorders of the immune system.

Institute for Biomolecular Design and Discovery The IBDD combines faculty from BBS and the Department of Chemistry to synthesize and study novel biological agents.

Microbial Sciences Institute MSI faculty seek to understand microorganisms and microbiomes at the evolutionary, genetic, molecular, and structural levels.

Molecular Virology The Molecular Virology Program studies viral biology, investigates the role of viruses in various diseases, looks for novel antiviral treatments, and offers interdisciplinary training in virology.

Nanobiology Institute Faculty in the Nanobiology Institute study biological systems and synthetic materials at the nanoscale level and work to design nanomaterials.

Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair The CNNR conducts research on neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and seeks therapeutic interventions for these conditions.

Stem Cell Center The Stem Cell Center investigates the development, genetics, and function of stem cells and looks for stem cell therapies for several disease states and injuries.

Systems Biology Institute Researchers in this institute study complex biological systems through a combination of mathematics, bioinformatics, and basic biological research.

Vascular Biology and Therapeutics Program The VBT Program aligns vascular biologists with medical doctors to advance the understanding and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

Wu Tsai Institute The mission of the Wu Tsai Institute is to understand human cognition. This brand new initiative launched in 2021 integrates faculty from over 20 Yale departments to study the mind at the behavioral, cellular and molecular, and computational levels.