Skip to main content

The Quantitative and Chemical Biology program is a Ph.D. track, multidisciplinary umbrella program introducing elements of biology to students who wish to pursue a doctoral degree at the interface of the chemical, physical, and biological sciences. The curriculum prepares students for research careers in any area of biomedical research. Many students choose to work in interdisciplinary fields such as chemical biology, structural biology, imaging sciences, molecular and cellular biophysics, or systems biology. Participating programs and departments include BiochemistryBiological SciencesCancer BiologyCell & Developmental BiologyChemical & Physical BiologyChemistryHuman GeneticsMathematicsMicrobe-Host Interactions, Molecular Pathology & ImmunologyMolecular Physiology & BiophysicsNeurosciencePharmacologyBiomedical Engineering, and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering.

  • Applicants typically have undergraduate degrees in quantitative fields such as physics, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and chemistry.
  • Previous didactic training in the biological sciences is not required for entry into the QCB program.
  • The QCB program has eliminated the GRE as a required component of the application.
  • Students with strong biology backgrounds can consider the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP) in Biological and Biomedical Sciences.

Quick Facts and Stats here!

Applications for Fall 2025 will open on August 1.

For more information on our program, check out our Prospective Students pages!

Get to know us better!

@BiomedVandy Twitter

@VanderbiltBiomed Facebook

“Results and Discussion” Graduate Student Newsletter

We would love to get to know you! Please contact us with any questions you may have.

The Vanderbilt Biomedical training community

See students and faculty discuss the Vanderbilt Biomedical training community


Vanderbilt University welcomes applications from all individuals who come from diverse populations that are under-represented in science or academia, including but not limited to racial and ethnic minorities, individuals from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, and individuals with physical disabilities.