Program Description

The Cancer, Developmental and Regenerative Biology (CDRB) graduate program provides state-of-the-art training, within the Christian framework, to prepare the future biomedical workforce with the skills and information needed for successful careers as researchers and educators.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is designed to prepare students for careers in independent research and teaching in a university, clinical, or biotechnology environment.

By the end of this program, the graduate should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the biomedical sciences;
  2. Demonstrate subject mastery in cancer, developmental, or regenerative biology;
  3. Interpret the current literature in the field;
  4. Design hypothesis-driven studies to address key questions in the field;
  5. Make original contributions to the body of biomedical knowledge;
  6. Demonstrate the principles of scientific and professional ethics;
  7.  Write effective scientific publications and grant proposals.

Program Website

Program Length

Four (4) years; full-time enrollment, part-time permitted

Possible Careers

Specialized areas include biomedical research and biotechnology industry.

Application Deadlines

Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Autumn of 2025 Aug 1, 2024 Jan 1, 2025 May 1, 2025
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.


  • Estimated amounts are for the academic year specified only. Amounts are based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on these amounts.
  • Amounts are expected to increase each year consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.
  • To qualify for financial aid, most students must be enrolled at least half time in an aid eligible program and be taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.