Welcome to the Kent State University School of Biomedical Sciences Website, where you can learn about our world-class faculty and the outstanding research facilities that are available to students, providing a unique and exciting environment that supports interdisciplinary graduate training and research in areas of science related to medicine. Here, you can earn your Ph.D. and gain valuable research experience at Kent State University and our partner institutions, including the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute!

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research InstituteThe School of Biomedical Sciences was founded in 1987 to provide graduate training in five biomedical science disciplines: Human Evolutionary BiologyCellular and Molecular BiologyNeurosciencesPharmacology and Physiology.  

The scientists making up the School's graduate faculty are drawn primarily from various departments at Kent State University, the Northeast Ohio Medical University and the Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic.

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The Brain Health Research Institute (BHRI)

We are excited to announce the establishment of Kent State University's new Brain Health Research Institute (BHRI).   The BHRI is committed to improving our understanding of brain function in health, disease and repair. The mission includes the development of new approaches aimed at understanding an array of neurological disorders by identifying genetic, environmental and behavioral influences that impact brain health across the lifespan.

Financial assistance is available and the school offers competitive stipends, tuition remission and subsidized health insurance.


Applications for Fall 2020 are now closed.  No new applications will be accepted.

Applications for Fall 2021 are due by:

  • Jan. 1 - Domestic applicants
  • Dec. 15 - International applicants
  • No applications are accepted to begin in the spring or summer semesters

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  • The school's uniqueness in the State of Ohio is a compelling reason to apply, as are its outcomes. The majority of students (about 95 percent) graduate with the Ph.D. degree. All program graduates since the inception of the program are employed in research and/or academic positions related to their field of training.

  • The School of Biomedical Sciences has a highly talented graduate faculty committed to excellence in research and teaching. The 135 faculty have primary appointments at Kent State University, Northeast Ohio Medical University, The Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic, The University of Akron, Youngstown State University, Akron General Medical Center and Summa Health System.

  • Interdisciplinary collaborations among the science departments has produced a set of outstanding and modern core research facilities available to faculty and students on the Kent Campus. Departmental facilities provide additional resources and instrumentation for both research and graduate education. These independent facilities can be found at the following Kent State websites: Department of Anthropology, Department of Chemistry, Department of Biological Sciences, Department of Computer Science and Department of Physics.