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.


GWU Research Day 2017


Congratulations to our Research Day 2017 Winners!

Oral Presenter Winner: 

Rachel Burga

"Lymphocyte-nanoparticle biohybrids as a combined nanoimmunotherapy for cancer" 


First Place Poster Winner

Adam Horn

"Mitochondrial Signaling Facilitates Repair of Injured Muscle Fibers" 


Second Place Poster Winner

Erik Karmele

"Mitochondrial Signaling Facilities Repair of Injured Muscle Fibers" 




Featured Student

Eshini Panditharatna, Ph.D. Candidate, GWU 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, GWU 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

Samantha A. Brugmann, Ph.D. 2004, GWU IBS

Assistant Professor in the Divisions of Plastic Surgery and Developmental Biology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine 

2016 Recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

Dr. Brugmann was among those President Obama named to receive the PECASE, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. The awards were established by President Clinton in 1996 and are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected based on their innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology, as well as commitment to community service, demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach. 



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

Postdoctoral Fellow, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health 




Carrie House, Ph.D., 2011 GWU 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 GWU IBS

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

K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Awardee, 2013