About the IBS

The Institute for Biomedical Sciences (IBS) is the administrative and academic home for interdisciplinary Ph.D. training in the Biomedical Sciences. Established in 1996 to integrate our partner institutions, including the GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences, the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences and the Children’s National Health System, we bring together a wealth of teaching and research opportunities for the outstanding matriculating graduate student.

The IBS has approximately 105 faculty members who participate in the three graduate programs in which the student may choose to earn a Ph.D. The IBS oversees a core curriculum and assists the student in navigating their first year of graduate training while he or she selects a Ph.D. Program and explores the research opportunities available for dissertation projects. After the student has chosen a Ph.D. Program, and has a program-specific academic advisor and research mentor, the role of the IBS becomes one of facilitation and integration. Our current student enrollment numbers approximately 60.


Entering Class of 2017 and Faculty



Featured Students

Eshini Panditharatna, Ph.D. Candidate, GW IBS, Biochemistry & Systems Biology Program

Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) Horizon Award from the Department of Defense, Fiscal Year 2016

"Preclinical precision targeting of major driver mutations in childhood diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma"


Sarah Deasy, Ph.D. Candidate, GW IBS Microbiology and Immunology Program

NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) 2016

"A systems genetics approach reveals a novel Rnaseh2c-immune response axis that affects metastasis severity in breast cancer"



Featured Alums

Alexis B. Katsis, Ph.D. 2013, GW IBS

Senior Manager, Data Analytics Unit at SCHARP - Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center 

Dr. Katsis is also the author of "ExVitroLife: Life As a Scientist Outside the Lab", a blog about starting an outside-the-box career for a PhD graduate.

Check out her blog here.



Ngoc-Han Ha, Ph.D. 2012, GW IBS

Research Fellow, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health 

"In Conversation: Research Fellow Ngoc-Han Ha, Ph.D":




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Chanelle Case Borden, Ph.D., 2012 GW IBS

Postdoctoral Fellow, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health 




Carrie House, Ph.D., 2011 GW IBS

Postdoctoral Fellow, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health 

K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Awardee, 2016



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Nikki Gillum Posnack, Ph.D., 2009 GW IBS

Assistant Professor, Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children's National Heart Institute 

K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Awardee, 2013