The training for a Ph.D. in Biology is focused on helping students achieve their goals of being a successful research scientist and teacher, at the highest level. Students work closely with an established adviser and meet regularly with a committee of faculty members to facilitate their progress. The Biology PhD program is part of the larger Biosciences community of PhD programs at Stanford, which includes PhD programs in the basic science departments at Stanford Medical School.
There are three tracks within the Biology PhD program: 1) Cell, Molecular and Organismal Biology, 2) Ecology and Evolution, and 3) Hopkins Marine Station. All are focused on excellence in research and teaching in their respective areas; where there are differences between the tracks, they are indicated in the links below.