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Life Sciences

Harvard Griffin GSAS provides exceptional opportunities for study across the depth and breadth of the life sciences through the Harvard Integrated Life Sciences alliance.

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Whether you are interested in conducting research on virus structures at the atomic level or on environmental impact in large ecosystems, you will find a good fit for your academic goals through the Harvard Integrated Life Sciences (HILS).

The HILS alliance is composed of 13 PhD programs of study across three Harvard faculties—Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and Harvard Medical School. Being a HILS student provides academic and research flexibility, including options to take courses, do laboratory rotations, and even choose a dissertation advisor from across the HILS PhD programs, subject to specific program requirements and lab availability. However you customize your training, HILS is with you every step of the way.

To learn more about HILS programs, faculty, and students, please read the HILS Connections brochure.

Enhancing Your Research Experience before Applying

We are looking for creative people from a variety of backgrounds who are passionate about the life sciences. Most incoming PhD students in HILS programs have enjoyed a previous research experience. Harvard Griffin GSAS and Harvard University offer a range of exciting and challenging summer research and internship programs designed to help current undergraduates boost crucial research skills.

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