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Biomedical Physics Interdepartmental Graduate Program
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Welcome to the Biomedical Physics Interdepartmental Graduate Program

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Biomedical Physics is an interdisciplinary graduate program in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Faculty and students in the program are involved in Biomedical Research in Radiological Imaging and Therapy that operates at the intersection of traditional disciplines. In addition, it requires interdisciplinary teams of scientists with backgrounds in:

  • Biology or its subspecialties (e.g. molecular biology, etc.)
  • Chemistry or its subspecialties (e.g. biochemistry, etc.)
  • Physics or its subspecialties (e.g. medical physics, biophysics, etc.)
  • Mathematics or its subspecialties (e.g. computational methods, simulation, etc.)
  • Engineering or Computer Sciences or any of their subspecialties (e.g. biomedical engineering, nuclear engineering, etc.). 

The program is primarily aimed at students who wish to pursue the Ph.D. degree and offers training in four specialties:

  • Molecular Imaging (Imaging of the living chemistry of cells and tissues of the body)
  • Medical Imaging (Imaging anatomy, physiology and pathology using MR, CT and other modalities)

The Biomedical Physics IDP is also a Home Area within the broader UCLA ACCESS/Bioscience Program (ACCESS/BSP).  This Home Area is known as the “Physics and Biology in Medicine” Home Area. There are ten different Home Areas in ACCESS/BSP, each consisting of an interdepartmental group of faculty and students with shared interests in research areas and approaches.  The interdepartmental Home Areas provide in-depth, cutting-edge training for Ph.D. students and a wide variety of outstanding faculty research programs for Ph.D. training.  Home Areas are integrated under ACCESS/BSP, which coordinates common activities and allows students to move between Home Areas under appropriate circumstances to best pursue their research interests.  In these ways, ACCESS/BSP fosters interdisciplinary, collaborative research training aimed at breaking through major boundaries in basic and biomedical biosciences.

For Admissions, the application review and admissions decisions are made by individual Home Areas.  So, to apply to the Biomedical Physics IDP (Physics and Biology in Medicine Home Area), follow the directions under “Admission” tab on this website.

At the David Geffen School of Medicine, we believe that the core values of diversity and inclusion are inseparable from our institutional goals. DGSOM leadership is committed to fostering an environment that celebrates the unique backgrounds, contributions, and opinions of each individual.

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Revised: 01/16/2013