Graduate Opportunity at UCLA

The UCLA Biomedical Physics Graduate program ( is an interdisciplinary graduate program in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. We are actively seeking applicants who have biology-oriented backgrounds and are hoping to recruit some outstanding students to our graduate program. Our program covers a variety of research areas, many with an emphasis in biology, including the following examples:


Molecular and Cellular Oncology Track (Dept. of Radiation Oncology) which has two major areas of research:

  1. Improving the Effectiveness of Cancer Treatments that utilize Radiation Therapy

This area seeks to modify the response of tumors and normal tissues to radiation by analyzing and modulating both existing molecular pathways and those that result from radiation exposure, including research into:

  • Proteasomes: modulating tissue sensitivity to radiation using drugs to influence proteasome inhibition;
    •   Stem cells: Investigating the radiation resistance of stem cells in both normal tissues and tumors.
    •   Growth factor and cytokine signaling: Understanding the influence of these pathways in radiation response.


  1. The Center for Medical Countermeasures against Radiation (CMCR).

This center develops protective and/or mitigation agents that could be deployed as a countermeasure in the event of a nuclear detonation, accident or a radiation dispersal device (“dirty bomb”). Research areas include:

  • Discovering mitigating agents by assessing DNA deletions affecting radiation induced effects (e.g. cytotoxicity).
  • Modulation of radiation-induced deficits in mouse immunohematopoietic system;
  • Developing models of radiation effects in human lymphoid systems, including radiation-sensitive individuals.


The Molecular Imaging Track (Dept. of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology)

This program develops innovative technologies that allow us to observe, measure, and understand biology in cells, tissues, and living organisms. Research areas include:

  • In vitro Molecular Diagnostics (IVMD) –microfluidics-based platforms to measure disease-defining biological and biochemical parameters from small biological samples.
  • Molecular Imaging Using ImmunoPET – engineering antibodies to image cell surface proteins in vivo.
  • Systems Biology – studying cells and organisms from a system wide perspective.

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of our program, we encourage applications from students with a wide variety of backgrounds. For more information, please visit our website ( or contact us directly at the email addresses below.


Michael McNitt-Gray, PhD                                           Terry Moore

Director, BMP graduate program                              Student Affairs Officer, BMP graduate program                     

310-794-8979                                                                     310-825-7811