What is PIBBS?

PIBBS is your entry portal into PhD Programs in the Biomedical and Biological Sciences at USC.

  • PIBBS is a 1-year program that supports and assists you as you rotate through 3 labs of your choice to find the optimal mentor and lab for your PhD studies.
  • PIBBS provides access to USC faculty focusing on health-related research located at the Keck School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
  • PIBBS allows you to try out many different topics, ranging from stem cells to nanotechnology, biostatistics to biophysics, epigenetics to kinesiology, and much, much more!
  • PIBBS students join the PhD program that best matches their research after completing their rotations.
  • PIBBS provides a 1st year core curriculum, laying a solid foundation for anĀ individually tailored educational experience in subsequent years.
  • PIBBS students are trained in scientific writing, including drafting an NIH F31 fellowship application.
  • PIBBS sets you up for success!

Your PIBBS Year

Attend two four unit classes per semester while choosing and participating in research labs of your choice.