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DBBS COVID-19 Course Instruction Policies AY 2021-2022
I. Academic Calendar

Arts & Sciences courses follow this academic calendar:

Fall 2021 Semester

Classes Start: (M) August 30, 2021
Labor Day Holiday – No Class: (M) September 6, 2021
Fall Break – No Class: (M-Tu) October 11-12, 2021
Thanksgiving Break – No Class: (W-F) Nov. 24-26, 2021
Last Day of Classes: (F) December 10, 2021
Final Exams: (M-W) December 13-22, 2021

Spring 2022 Semester

MLK Holiday – No Class: (M) January 17, 2022
Classes Start: (Tu) January 28, 2022
Spring Break – No Class: (M-F) March 14-18, 2022
Last Day of Classes: (F) April 29, 2022
Final Exams: (M-W) May 2-11, 2022

II. Course Delivery Mode

  • Medical Campus: In-person class meetings on the Medical Campus must be approved by the DBBS Associate Dean for Graduate Education. Medical Campus classroom space is limited due to physical distancing requirements. (See section III for more information.)
  • Danforth Campus: DBBS courses that meet on the Danforth campus will follow policies and guidelines established for that campus.
Regardless of the delivery mode, all DBBS courses should follow these instructional policies:

  1. Canvas – All DBBS courses should: (i) be published in Canvas with a syllabus and (ii) ensure course-wide communication is available through Canvas. It is recommended that (iii) all digital course content is accessible in Canvas (may be hosted elsewhere, but linked in Canvas).
  2. Access to Instructor for Academic Support – All DBBS instructors are encouraged to hold weekly office hours or an equivalent help session that is open to all students. Office hours may be held online.
  3. Accommodations – All DBBS instructors should ensure that students receive their approved accommodations in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990).
  4. Syllabi – All DBBS instructors should upload their syllabi into Syllabi Central and submit a syllabus by email to by the first day of the semester.

    A syllabus is more than a course calendar; it provides a comprehensive overview of the course, including: (i) course information and logistics, (ii) instructors and contact information, (iii) course description, learning objectives, and prerequisite knowledge, (iv) required materials, texts, and supplies, (v) grading and assessment metrics, (vi) assignments and exams, (vii) course policies, (viii) university policies, and (ix) resources for students.
    BBS instructors are encouraged to use the WU Center for Teaching and Learning syllabus template. 

III. Use of Medical Campus Classroom Space

DBBS education activities should generally be conducted remotely while significant COVID-19 community transmission persists. Faculty are encouraged to conduct courses, journal clubs, QEs, and Thesis Defenses remotely when possible to ensure sufficient classroom space for hands-on lab/clinical instruction and to accommodate others who must work from home due to personal commitments including children attending school online. 

To hold on-campus class sessions or other educational activities in fall 2021, submit a request through this Qualtrics link by April 30, 2021. Approval will depend on availability of classroom space. Preference will be given to classes with educational objectives that necessitate in-person instruction and GR1 required courses. 

After receiving approval for on-campus class sessions, a DBBS course may meet on the Medical campus only if rooms are available and when the following conditions are met. The teacher or activity organizer bears the responsibility to follow all guidance listed below:

  1. Operations Level.  Medical campus research operations level must be Yellow or Green. 
  2. Masking.  Well-fitting facemasks must be worn during all activities per WUSM or BJC masking requirements, as applicable.
  3. Outdoors.  Activities should preferentially be held outdoors rather than indoors when possible, particularly those activities conducted for purposes of recruitment or wellness.  Events held outdoors must also adhere to 6-foot spacing requirements, which will dictate capacity. 
  4. Principles for room usage:
    • Configuring spaces for physical distancing.  An appropriately sized room must be chosen to allow for at least 6 feet of distance between all occupants continuously.  This can be accomplished by spacing of chairs, tables, computers, and if necessary, removal of furniture, taping off chairs, or otherwise marking areas to encourage room users to maintain appropriate distance.
    • Maximum occupancy.  All rooms should have a listed maximum occupancy after configuring for physical distancing.  This information should be posted on signage outside the room and should be taken into account when reserving rooms.
    • The capacity limit for an education-related activity is dictated by the capacity of the room to continuously house all occupants at least 6 feet from each other.
    • List of available rooms with maximum capacity.  Educational teams should become familiar with all available rooms in their teaching area and their capacity for hosting different types of events.  Lists and maps of facilities with maximum occupancy as configured for physical distancing should be created and made available for teaching teams.  A list of shared WUSM education and student support spaces can be found  here (
  5. ​​​Hands-on training sessions.  For some activities where closer proximity work is required, such as skills training, learners should be assigned to the same pod or small group for the entirety of the activity to minimize mixing.
  6. Visitors.  Some recruitment and wellness activities may allow up to one visitor per learner if necessary to meet the objectives of the activity.  Visitors will count toward maximum capacity within spaces and must adhere to all screening, masking, distancing, hand hygiene and other procedures in place for the event.  The learner is responsible for ensuring their visitor is knowledgeable and compliant with the procedures. 
  7. Cleaning and disinfecting protocols.  WUSM spaces will be cleaned per the following protocol:  Hospital spaces will be cleaned per respective hospital protocols.
  8. Signage.  Signs with maximum occupancy and reminders for physical distancing, wearing face masks, avoiding food and drinks, avoiding unnecessary congregating, and hand hygiene should be posted at the entry and/or within every room used for educational purposes.
  9. Food.  Food should not be offered or consumed during any educational activities.  Meals may be provided for consumption after the completion of the activity.  Food should only be consumed in spaces where physical distancing >6 feet from others can be maintained at all times, and preferably outdoors or alone when possible.  Congregated meals should be strictly avoided.  Brief sips of drinks may be allowed with the expectation that masks are immediately brought back up after each sip.  Dining has been the main source of transmission on campus.

IV. More Information:

COVID-19 Faculty
Money Matters

The 2021-2022 annual stipend is $32,500. 

-Stipend payments are disbursed the last working day of each month. 

-If direct deposit is not set up in time, your paycheck will be mailed to your local home address.  We encourage direct deposit as the US postal service can have a delayed delivery time which would cause you to receive your paychecks late.

Due to Washington University implementing a new Human Resource/Payroll System July 1st– MyDay - the below information is critical for starting in DBBS and receiving your stipend check

-If you plan to start in June and would like to be paid in June, you must complete a non-employee personal information form and return to DBBS Finance by April 14th.  You can receive the front-load of your stipend in June if all required paperwork is received by the deadline. 

 -If you miss the April 14th processing date for the non-employee personal information form, you will not receive your stipend disbursement until July 30th (total stipend check will be June and July).  If you have opted for the frontload, the frontload amount will also be included in the July disbursement.  The amount of your first stipend check will be prorated according to your start date.

 -For start dates on or after July 1st, after you confirmed your start date with your Program Coordinator, please send an email to DBBS Finance with the following information:

o   Start Date

o   Email address

o   Frontload form 


Payroll deadlines to receive information are the following:

July 13th

August 10th

September 14th


Once DBBS Finance has collectively received these three items of information, we will begin to process your stipend disbursement.  

You will receive email notifications from MyDay/WorkDay prompting you for required information, which you will enter directly into the system. Once you have entered the required information then the processing moves on to the next steps in setting up your stipend disbursements. 

*DBBS Finance email  -

For more information regarding stipend payments and possible tax implications please visit


International Students:

Please visit the WUSTL Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) webpage for important information

For questions concerning your VISA prior to orientation please contact the OISS Office.

International students must check-in with OISS as soon as possible once you arrive in St. Louis.

Please make certain to take all appropriate original documentation when you meet with the OISS representative.​

Entering Students

Intent to Graduate Form must be filed:

October 30, 2020 for January 10, 2021 Graduation
December 17, 2020 for May 21, 2021 Graduation

August 1, 2021 for August 19, 2021 Graduation

Final Dissertation must be electronically submitted to the Graduate School (in its final form, all edits corrected):
January 5, 2021 for January 10, 2021 Graduation

April 26, 2021 for May 21, 2021 Graduation​

August 23, 2021 for August 19, 2021 Graduation

Getting Ready to Graduate
Application Process
Students applying in year 1 must be good academic standing. 
Students applying in year 2 must have completed the Program-specific qualifying exam. 
Students are encouraged to have completed one or more of the following courses: Genomics (Bio 5488), Advanced Genetics (Bio 5491) or Fundamentals of Mammalian Genetics (Bio 5285), however all interested students should apply.    
- Name, birth date, address, academic program and year and citizenship.  
- Contact information (e-mail and telephone)
- PI in which thesis work is being conducted
- CV or resume (include a list of graduate courses taken and grade)
- Paragraph description of why the student is interested in the Pathway
- Paragraph description of thesis research.* 
- Assemble these components into a single PDF, and send to
- Two letters of recommendation, one of which is from the thesis advisor*, should be sent directly to
*If you have not yet joined a thesis laboratory then a rotation lab project and a rotation advisor can be used as a substitute.
All application material should be submitted by April 1, 2021, to
Applications will be reviewed by the Pathway Co-directors, Tim Schedl (Genetics), Chris Gurnett (Neurology), John Welch (Medicine) and Gary Stormo (Genetics).
Genetics & Genomics Pathway Application Process
National Institute of Health

Damien Abreu - Molecular Genetics and Genomics

Chinwendu Amazu - Molecular Cell Biology

David Anderson - Immunology

Jared Andrews - Molecular Genetics and Genomics

John Baer​ - Molecular Cell Biology

Keenan​ Bates Developmental, Regenerative & Stem Cell Biology

Zach BellerComputational & Systems Biology

Kayla Berry - Molecular Microbiology & Microbial Pathogenesis

Jay Bowman-Kirigin - Immunology

Lindsey Brier - Neurosciences

Cat Camacho - Neurosciences

Robert Chen - Computational & Systems Biology

Christopher Chermside-Scabbo - Computational & Systems Biology

Diana Christian - Neurosciences

Celia Cubitt​ - Immunology

Anna Damato - Neurosciences

Brian Early - Molecular Genetics & Genomics

Ryan FriedmanComputational & Systems Biology

Jerry Fong - Computational & Systems Biology

Jared Goodman - Molecular Genetics & Genomics

Graham Hogg - Immunology

Alexandra Houston-Ludlam - Human and Statistical Genetics

Samantha Hsieh - Immunology

Keith Johnson - Neurosciences

Po wei 'Billy' Kang - Biomedical Engineering

Joseph Krambs - Molecular Genetics & Genomics

Varintra Krisnawan - Immunology

Marissa Locke - Immunology

Manasi Malik - Molecular Cell Biology

Sindhu Manivasagam - Neurosciences

Hannah Miller - Immunology

Liza Miller​ Molecular Microbiology & Microbial Pathogenesis

Mario MirandaDevelopmental, Regenerative & Stem Cell Biology

Ashwathi 'Abbee' Mohan - Undecided

James "Russell" Moore - Neurosciences

Arnav Moudgil - Computational & Systems Biology

Bernard Mulvey​ - Neurosciences

Dillan Newbold​ - Neurosciences

Takihiro Ohara - Immunology

Vincent Peng - Immunology

Justin Porter - Computational & Systems Biology

Monica Xiong - Neurosciences

Megan Radyk - Molecular Cell Biology

Rachel Rahn​ - Neurosciences

Suelynn Ren - Neurosciences

Emilie Russler-Germain - Immunology

Arthur Sletten - Molecular Cell Biology

Sarah Smith - Neurosciences

Anna Trier - Immunology

Brett Tort​elli​- Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis​

Brittany Townley - Molecular Cell Biology

Leonardo Velazco-CruzDevelopmental, Regenerative & Stem Cell Biology

Emma Winkler - Immunology

Renee Wu -Immunology

Annie Zheng - Neurosciences

External Fellowship Awardees
Molecular Science Software Institute

​Michael Ward - Molecular Cell Biology

External Fellowship Awardees
MilliporeSigma Predoctoral Fellowship in Honor of Dr. Gerty T. Cori

​Nicole Fazio - Computational and Molecular Biophysics

Catherine Knoverek - Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology

Sukrit Singh - Computational and Molecular Biophysics

External Fellowship Awardees
Male Contraceptive Inititiative (MCI)

​Max Lyon​ - Molecular Cell Biology

External Fellowship Awardees
Kwanjeong Educational Foundation
External Fellowship Awardees
Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Jad Belle​Molecular Genetics and Genomics

External Fellowship Awardees
William H. Danforth Fellowship in Plant Sciences

Natasha Bilkey - Plant and Microbial Biosciences

​Jordan Brock - Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology

Ryan Calcutt - Plant and Microbial Biosciences

Ryan Emenecker​​ - Plant and Microbial Biosciences

David Goad - Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology

Erin Mattoon​ - Plant and Microbial Biosciences

Kari MillerPlant and Microbial Biosciences

Angela Schlegel - Plant and Microbial Biosciences

Jennette Shoots - Plant and Microbial Biosciences

External Fellowship Awardees
National Science Foundation

Maliayah Adkins-Threats​Developmental, Regenerative & Stem Cell Biology

David Anderson - Immunology

Emily Coonrod - Human & Statistical Genetics

Sophia DeGeorgia - Molecular Cell Biology

Vincent FasanelloEvolution, Ecology and Population Biology

Sarah Gebken - Molecular Genetics & Genomics

Paula Godoy - Computational & Systems Biology

Gregory Harriso​n​ - Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

Christy Hoffman - Human & Statistical Genetics

Eric Keen - Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

Elizabeth Kennedy - Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

Abigail Kimball Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

Jennifer Lawrence - Neurosciences

Lisa McLellanMolecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

Kari Miller - Plant and Microbial Biosciences

Kayla Nygaard - Molecular Genetics and Genomics

Ryan Raut - Neurosciences

India Reiss - Neurosciences

Jennette ShootsPlant and Microbial Biosciences

Maria Sorkin - Plant and Microbial Biosciences

Allison Soung - Neurosciences

Celine St. Pierre - Human & Statistical Genetics

Michael Strickland - Neurosciences

Daniel Veronese Paniagua​ Developmental, Regenerative & Stem Cell Biology

Hung Vuong​ - Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

James Weagley - Molecular Genetics and Genomics

Marshall WedgerEvolution, Ecology and Population Biology

External Fellowship Awardees
Monsanto Excellence Fund for Graduate Fellowships in Life Sciences

George KatumbaBiochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology

Gervette Penny - Molecular Genetics & Genomics

Patricia Walker - Plant & Microbial Biosciences

External Fellowship Awardees
Chancellor Fellows

Paula Godoy - Computational and Systems Biology

Taylor Harris​ - Plant and Microbial Biosciences

Dymonn Johnson​ - Molecular Genetics and Genomics

Joseph Krambs - Molecular Genetics and Genomics

Juvenal Lopez - Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

Derek Platt​ - Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

External Fellowship Awardees
American Heart Association

Alexander Polino​ - Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

External Fellowship Awardees
IV) Annual educational retreat
Genetics and Genomics Pathway
Classes and Instruction

The Arts & Sciences spring 2021 academic calendar has been revised in response to feedback from students.  Please note the inclusion of "welness days" and "study days".  There will not be traditional spring break due to concerns about an increased risk of transmission of COVID-19 because of travel-related activities.

The Provost and The Graduate School have indicated that all DBBS courses must follow this calendar:

Spring 2021 Semester:

  • ​Classes Start: (T) January 25, 2021
  • Wellness Days - No Classes, Assignments, or Assessments:
    • (T) March 2
    • (W) March 3
    • (W) April 12
  • Last Day of Classes: (T) May 4, 2021
  • Final Exams: (F-Th) May 7-13, 2021
Additional Study Days:  Following A&S guidance, DBBS spring course directors are strongly encouraged to designate 1-2 additional "study days" in which your class will not meet.

Course Delivery Mode:

·         Medical Campus: Medical campus activities that do not involve direct patient care or clinical education, including DBBS courses and journal clubs, should be conducted remotely while significant COVID-19 community transmission persists. In-person class meetings on the Medical Campus must be approved by the DBBS Associate Dean for Graduate Education and should have educational objectives that necessitate in person education. (See section III for more information.)

·         Danforth Campus: DBBS courses that meet on the Danforth campus will follow policies and guidelines established for that campus.

High-quality, interactive remote instruction will be available in all courses for students in quarantine or who cannot come to campus.  Instruction may occur in a synchronously, asynchronously or in a hybrid manner.  Your instructors will be communicating with you about how their courses will be delivered.

DBBS courses will use the Canvas learning management system or will be meeting through Zoom video conferencing. Be sure to orient yourself to these systems. Please check your email and Canvas Announcements regularly for the latest information. If you haven’t already, turn on email notifications for Canvas Announcements.

Click here for more information about WashU’s Learning Remotely Student Resources.

Becker Library has established off–campus proxy login access for all DBBS students; click here for access.  You can also email to troubleshoot access to library resources.

Please note that there will be no risk of losing course credit while your course meets remotely. While we attempt to slow the spread of Coronavirus, we also want to ensure that student training remains on track.

COVID-19 Student
Journal Clubs

Journal Clubs that are curricular requirements must move to an electronic format, such as Zoom.  All other informal Journal Clubs and/or similarly planned events are encouraged to move to an electronic format.

COVID-19 Student
Student Organizations and Community Gatherings Policy
COVID-19 Student
BIOL 5011: Ethics Research and Science

Due to WashU COVID-19 online learning policies, the DBBS course Ethics and Research Science (BIOL 5011) was cancelled in Spring 2020.

New Course Schedule: The course will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 10-11am for the July 13-August 13 term (online using Zoom and Canvas). Registration is now closed. Please contact Dr. Tristan McIntosh ( or Janie Henderson ( with questions.

NIH RCR Requirements: DBBS has received guidance from NIH that 8 hours of interactive online instruction will fulfill the Responsible Conduct of Research requirement for trainees under the special circumstances of COVID-19 (see below). This include instruction delivered through Canvas and Zoom, which requires students to thoughtfully engage with course material and to interact online with one another and faculty. PIs of NIH T32s and fellowships are encouraged to contact their Program Officers to notify them of the change in course timing (and course format, if applicable).

How will NIH support a recipient’s need to limit in-person meetings for the sole purpose of instruction/training due to COVID-19?

NIH will allow for special circumstances for trainings and instruction that typically require in-person attendance, such as training in the responsible conduct of research (NIH GPS Training can be completed online during this declared public health emergency. Prior approval is not required in these specific cases.”​

COVID-19 Student

Q:  What if I do not have reliable computer and/or internet access?
A: We know that some of our students have limited access to high-quality, high-speed internet services at home. If you have concerns about your internet access, please call 314-935-8300 or 888-234-2863 and listen to the menu options to learn how to access technical support. Click here for additional information on internet service and connectivity.

Q: Are DBBS students also supposed to call Student Health on Danforth Campus, or are we supposed to go to Student Health Services on the WUSM Campus?
A: Please refer to as information and directives can change.

Q: What is considered academic travel? What about travel funds?
A: Please refer to​.

Q: Where can I find the list of affected countries and travel restrictions?
A: Please refer to​.

Q: Am I allowed to be on campus? Can I go into my lab?
A: Please refer to​.  You may also contact Robyn Klein or Cami Spampani if further direction is needed.

Q: Will Commencement be affected?
A: Yes. The WUSTL 2020 Commencement Ceremony has been cancelled as of March 16, 2020. Please click here for the Chancellor’s message.

Q: I work at an offsite facility. Who do I contact to find out if my facility will be open?
A: Please refer to​.  You may also contact Robyn Klein or Cami Spampani​ if further direction is needed.

Q: How can I be sure I’m keeping up with the latest information?
A: Always check​ first.  DBBS will also be sharing information via email and through social media feeds.

Q: What do I do if my PI is asking me to come into the lab?
A: Although most all University research has been ramped down, some functions may still be necessary. (Please see the Washington University Emergency Management website for the latest information on lab research scaleback -  You may be required to help with essential lab continuity.  The university defines essential personnel as the faculty and staff who are required to report to their designated work location and to ensure the operation of essential functions or departments during an emergency or when the university has suspended or altered normal operations.  Extra precautions should be in place to ensure the safety of lab personnel.  Shift work, social distancing and heightened cleaning measures should be in place.

If you feel you are being asked to perform non-essential work or if you do not feel safe with your lab conditions, please contact Dr. Robyn Klein ( or Cami Spampani ( directly.

Q: What can I do if I am experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19?
A: Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing support to members of our community who are facing unexpected financial burdens as a result of our transition to virtual instruction and shifting regulations relating to life on campus. To that end, the Office for Student Success, in collaboration with University management and Student Financial Services, is coordinating efforts to provide emergency funding in order to offset such unexpected costs. The Covid-19 Emergency Fund will be available to support students who incur costs between Monday, March 16 and Friday, May 15, 2020. After that point, we will reassess the funding needs that students have articulated and may transition back to our usual funding operations made available through the Student Success Fund.

Any student regardless of  academic affiliation or location from which they are finishing the semester may submit a request. We will consider every request on a case-by-case basis and work to provide as much support as we are able through institutional funds coordinated by the Office for Student Success and University management. Students may submit requests that relate to the unexpected transition or to cost of living expenses that have arisen as a result of WashU’s shift to an online instructional platform. Students are also able to submit requests that encompass reimbursements for costs incurred as a result of the unexpected changes to individuals’ living and work situations. Each request, even those from repeat applicants, will be considered individually as we understand that this situation is ever-evolving.​ 


Point of Contact in OSS:​

COVID-19 Student
Ethics and Research Sciences, Responsible Conduct of Research and HIPAA

Entering students are informed of the Washington University Graduate School Academic Integrity Policy and the Research Integrity Policy for Washington University.

All entering students must complete three on-line compliancy requirements. Questions regarding these requirements may be directed to the Division Privacy Liaison (314-362-3362).

*HIPAA 101 (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)

HIPAA is a federally mandated act that gives healthcare providers guidelines for maintaining the confidentiality of protected health information (PHI). The training and privacy policies that Washington University developed, ensure that our organization complies with HIPAA. As a graduate student working in clinical departments at a medical school, students need to be aware of the HIPAA guidelines and implications to your research.

 *EH&S Initial Lab Safety Training Curriculum (Environmental Health & Safety)

 *PERCSS (Program for Ethical Conduct of Science & Scholarship)
Two part requirement (verbal overview session during orientation and on-line compliancy module)

Students entering 6th year in program will be required to repeat the on-line PERCSS module 

All second-year Division students are required to complete the course, BIO 5011 Ethics and Research Science, which explores ethical issues which research scientists encounter in their professional activities. Case study, scenario presentations and small group discussions provide the focus of the course.

DGSP Degree Requirements
Academic Integrity

All students must read and understand the principles of academic conduct described in the Academic Integrity Policy for Graduate Students which each student receives upon matriculation. Failure to abide by these principles can have serious consequences. The policy describes offenses that violate academic integrity and the procedure to be followed where there appears to be misconduct. University policy does not allow individual faculty members, departments, divisions, or students to adjudicate charges of integrity violations at the course or departmental level. Allegations of academic integrity infractions must be filed in writing with the Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Entering Division students also receive the Washington University Student Conduct Code​, describing the University’s judicial system and the procedures for filing complaints, and for adjudicating violations.

DGSP Degree Requirements
Do you accept students during the spring semester?

We only offer enrollment for the fall semester. To obtain admission to one of the 13 graduate programs in the Division, you must apply to DBBS. Our online application is available starting in early September, and the deadline for applying is December 1st.

Admissions FAQ- DBBS Overview
Resources for Student Concerns
  • Academic:  Student performance is evaluated by multiple mechanisms: faculty evaluate student performance in their courses;  research rotation mentors complete evaluations at the end of lab rotation; thesis mentors complete evaluations at the end of each semester; dissertation advisory committees complete evaluations after each thesis meeting (which take place every 12 months, or more frequently if required by the program); MTE supervisors complete evaluations at the end of the MTE experience; and program advising committees provide evaluations to pre-thesis proposal students at the end of each semester.  In addition, programs may require periodic evaluation for senior students or those who are otherwise achieving borderline academic progress.  Academic progress concerns are first reviewed by the Program Director and, if necessary, the Program Steering Committee.  If the Program Director and Steering Committee cannot resolve the concern and it involves DBBS policy, it can be taken to the Programs and Student Affairs Committee of DBBS, chaired by the Associate Dean for Graduate Education (currently Steven Mennerick).  Other academic concerns can be taken to Laurie Maffly-Kipp, Interim Dean, or Angela Wilson, Associate Dean of the Graduate School.
  • Research Integrity: Concerns regarding research integrity that cannot be clarified in the laboratory should be taken to the Vice Chancellor for Research (Jennifer Lodge).
  • Academic Integrity: Issues of academic integrity that cannot be satisfactorily resolved should be brought to the attention of the Associate Dean of the Graduate School (Angela Wilson). 
  • Other: For all other concerns, University policies can be found on the University web site.​
DGSP Academic Progress
Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

1. Non-Discrimination. Washington University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran status, or disability ( A complaint on the grounds of alleged sexual discrimination may subsequently be appealed to the Title IX Coordinator, Campus Box 1167, Washington University. If further satisfaction is desired, appeal may be made to the Title IX Grievance Committee.

2. Sexual Harassment. Washington University policy states that members of the University community can expect to be free from all forms of sexual harassment. Students, faculty, staff or outside organizations working on campus are urged to actively support this policy. For more information contact the Title IX Coordinator​ at 935-3118.  Please visit for the complete policy on sexual harrassment. Graduate student complaints regarding sexual harassment issues may also be addressed to the Associate Dean of the Graduate School.​ 

DGSP Administrative Policy
Laboratory Rotations

Students usually participate in three laboratory rotations before selecting a thesis mentor. Rotations can range widely and may even cross programs. Research rotations are designed to expose the student to new research approaches and different laboratory environments. Significant research accomplishment is not required for a successful rotation. Typical rotations last two to four months. Students who have already conducted research in a laboratory at Washington University are normally prohibited from conducting rotation research in their former lab.

Assistance with identifying appropriate rotation laboratories is available from academic advisers and program steering committees. Students wishing to rotate with a faculty member who is not affiliated with DBBS must receive approval from their program director prior to starting the rotation. Students write a brief description of the rotation project and their objectives prior to beginning the rotation, using page one of the Rotation Report Form. After each rotation, students meet with their rotation adviser to discuss their performance during the rotation. The adviser writes an evaluation for the student’s record, and the student completes the second page of the rotation report form, which evaluates their experience in the laboratory.

DGSP Degree Requirements

The Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences is a degree program of Washington University’s Graduate School. The Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) is responsible for graduate education in the biomedical and biological sciences at Washington University. DBBS is organized into 13 academic programs, each representing a different scientific area. Students receive current guidelines for these programs upon matriculation, and periodic updates as changes occur. Those guidelines provide students with policies, procedures, and requirements specific to the academic program in which they are enrolled. This document consists of the policies and procedures that apply to the graduate education of all Division students, regardless of their program affiliation. The hallmark of the Division is flexibility, and students should always feel free to explore the possibility of individualizing their programs where appropriate.

The Division presently includes over 500 faculty; ~475 students working toward the Ph.D. degree; and ~190 students working toward the combined M.D./Ph.D. degree in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Member departments of the Division include the Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the seven preclinical departments of the School of Medicine, namely: Neuroscience, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, Cell Biology & Physiology, Molecular Genetics, Developmental Biology, Molecular Microbiology, and Pathology & Immunology. In addition, there are members of the Division faculty located in the Departments of Chemistry, Psychology and Brain Sciences, Physics, Earth and Planetary Sciences, and the School of Engineering on the Danforth Campus and in the clinical departments of the School of Medicine

  • The chief administrative body of the Division is the Executive Council, composed of the Heads of the eight member departments, the Departments of Chemistry and of Biomedical Engineering, two members of clinical departments, the Associate Dean for Graduate Education, the Director of the MSTP, and the Director of Ph.D. Admissions and Recruiting. The Chair of the Council is the executive officer of the Division.
  • The Associate Dean oversees day to day operations of the Division and chairs the Program and Student Affairs Committee, which consists of the directors of the thirteen academic programs.
  • Each of the academic programs is managed by a Steering Committee. A committee of faculty oversees the recruitment and admission activities of DBBS.

When Graduate School policy is referred to in this guide please consult the Graduate School Bulletin.  M.D./Ph.D. students should refer to the School of Medicine Bulletin​ for policies governing the medical phase of their graduate education.

DGSP Introduction
A Typical Student Program


Registration and orientation
Meetings with advisors to plan rotations and course work

Two to five core classes
Laboratory rotations*

One to three advanced electives and special topics courses
Journal club(s)
Begin thesis research
Mentored Teaching Experience
Complete qualifying examination

Form thesis committee
Thesis research
Journal club(s)
Thesis proposal

Thesis research continues
Meet at least yearly with thesis committee
Travel to scientific meetings
Research completed by end of the fifth year
Publish in leading scientific journals
Defend thesis

The first rotation may begin in June prior to Fall matriculation.

A Typical Student Program
Section III - Cardiovascular Disease

Section Leaders: 
Babak Razani, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Immunology/Pathology, Cardiovascular Division
Joel Schilling, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Medicine, Immunology/Pathology, Cardiovascular Division





Nov 10

Babak Razani, MD PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Immunology/Pathology
ardiovascular Division 

Majesh Makan, MD, FACC, FASE

Professor of Medicine, Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Division




Cardiac Imaging

Spotlight on echocardiography

Babak Razani

Nov. 12

Alan Braverman, MD FACC

Alumni Endowed Professor of Cardiovascular Diseases
irector, Marfan Syndrome Clinic & Center for Thoracic Aorta Disease
Director, Inpatient Cardiology Firm
Cardiovascular Division


     spotlight on Marfan’s 

+ Patient Visit

Babak Razani

Nov. 17

Joel Schilling, MD PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Immunology/Pathology
ardiovascular Division

Heart Failure

 spotlight on advanced heart failure

+ Patient Visit

Joel Schilling

Nov. 19

Babak Razani, MD PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Immunology/Pathology
Cardiovascular Division

Atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction

Babak Razani

Nov. 24


Jeff Saffitz, MD PhD

Mallinckrodt Professor of Pathology
ead of the Department of Pathology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
arvard Medical School Teaching Hospital

Genetics of cardiomyopathies

Babak Razani

Dec. 1

Phillip Cuculich, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine,
ardiovascular Division
enter for Heart Rhythm Disorders


spotlight on ventricular tachyarrhythmias

+ Patient Visit

Joel Schilling

Dec. 3

Marc Sintek, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine,
nternal Medicine
ardiovascular Division

Valvular Heart Disease


spotlight on advanced non-surgical treatments

Joel Schilling

Dec. 8


lead by Babak Razani

Wrap Up & discussion of career plans for students

Babak Razani

Dec. 10

Ryan Fields, MD, FACS

Chief, Section of Surgical Oncology
rofessor of Surgery
ssociate Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program
irector, Resident Research
epartment of Surgery

Mandatory Clinical Mentorship Orientation


Pathobiology of Human Disease States Course
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