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Merit Award for Individual National Competitive Fellowships
  • Any PhD or MSTP student who obtains competitive external funding awarding at least $25,320 annually in stipend will receive the base DBBS stipend plus a $5,000 merit award per year for the duration of the fellowship as long as they remain in good academic standing.
  • If the agency award is more than the $5,000 above the DBBS base stipend, the student will receive the agency award only, no merit award will be offered. At the end of the fellowship the student will return to the current DBBS stipend at that time.
  • The merit award is the full responsibility of the Mentor/Department for advanced students.
Grants Management
Graduate Association of Latinx, Native American and Caribbean Students (GALNACS)

GALNACS​ aims to create a more welcoming, inclusive and equitable environment for graduate students in the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) in Washington University in St. Louis who identify as Latinxs/os/as, Native Americans, and Caribbean Islanders. Through recruitment, peer mentoring, education, fraternization, public engagement, representation, and outreach, GALNACS attempts to develop a nurturing and inclusive community that values respect, diversity, social awareness and understanding. GALNACS will also serve as a platform to represent and advocate for the needs of its members and will attempt to serve as a liaison between the administration and the student body. GALNACS is a collaborative organization meant for any graduate student in DBBS interested in learning, celebrating and appreciating the distinguished cultures and identities of Native Americans, Latinxs, and Caribbean Islanders.​

For more information, please visit the GALNACS website @​

Organizations & Campus Groups - Graduate Students

Washington University in St. Louis Graduate Students Promoting Science Policy, Education, and Research (ProSPER) is a university-wide graduate student group that promotes the use of science in policy-making through science advocacy and literacy, facilitating inter-professional communication, and increasing scientist participation in policy. The group holds a variety of events, including member education events, case studies on how scientists have been involved in science advocacy, and panel discussions.

Please visit for more information.

Organizations & Campus Groups - Graduate Students
Sling Health Network
Sling Health Network is a bioengineering design and entrepreneurship incubator founded in 2012 at Washington University in St. Louis. Students, faculty, staff, and St. Louis entrepreneurs team up to tackle unmet needs in healthcare delivery and clinical medicine.
Our group's objectives include:
  • To develop a culture of innovation at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
  • To teach engineering and medical students the skills and processes needed to invent and implement new biomedical technologies
  • To develop novel medical devices targeting unmet clinical needs
Organizations & Campus Groups - Graduate Students
Association of Black Biomedical Graduate Students (ABBGS)

The Association of Black Biomedical Graduate Students (ABBGS) is a student-led organization dedicated to strengthening the social, cultural, and academic well being of black biomedical graduate students at Washington University, while promoting diversity within the campus community. ABBGS welcomes all members of the Washington University community to aid in our mission to heighten cultural awareness on campus and to support active recruitment and retention of a culturally diverse student body.  Contact the ABBGS E-board at​ for more information.

Organizations & Campus Groups - Graduate Students

Connections is a student group that facilitates inclusion through 3 avenues:

  • Educational Experiences
  • Guided Discussions
  • Social Events
Students in Connections will explore their identities with respect to socioeconomics, culture, religion, sexual orientation and race. They will also learn how these identities impact their personal and professional relationships in the Wash U community.
Visit​ for more information about Connections and upcoming events.
Organizations & Campus Groups - Graduate Students
DBBS Student Advisory Committee (SAC)
The Student Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences is open to all Division students. The Committee selects its own chair and sets its own agenda. Its ongoing responsibilities include serving as the students’ advocate on issues of concern to the student body as a whole, representing the Division in the University community, participating in the organization of orientation activities, and sponsoring informational events that provide a setting for learning and interaction among students. Members of the Division administration consult the Advisory Committee about student issues which provides a formal mechanism for conveying student opinions to those who establish Division Policy. Additionally, the chairs meet with the Associate Dean of Graduate Education.
Organizations & Campus Groups - Graduate Students
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.

Download Frontload Form​

 -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:

  • Start Date
  • Email address
  • 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

​Washington University U-Pass Program

Washington University in St. Louis offers a comprehensive transportation program through Metro St. Louis, the region's public transportation agency.  The U-Pass program provides Metro passes for full-time students, benefits-eligible faculty and staff, and full-time employees of qualified service providers.  This program provides students and other members of the University community unlimited access to the St. Louis Metropolitan region on public transit.  In addition, there are three bus routes that specifically target the connection of Washington University's campuses to nearby residential and shopping areas.  For more information on the U-Pass program, please call (314) 935-5601 or visit​.  Metro route and schedule information is available online at  Faculty, staff, and students who use the U-Pass as the primary mode of transportation to and from campus may enroll in the Occasional Parking program and are also eligible for the Citizens for Modern Transit Guaranteed Ride Home program.  See your DBBS Program Coordinator to register for the fall semester to become eligible for the U-Pass.

For information on parking & shuttle routes on the Med School campus, visit the Washington University School of Medicine(WUSM) Transportation Office online or call 314-362-6824.

For information on parking & shuttle routes on the Danforth (main) campus, visit the Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) Transportation Office​ online or call 314-935-5601.

Entering Students
Compliancy Training

DBBS Finance will communicate to incoming students information on how to complete the 3 required compliancy modules:

  • HIPAA 101
  • EHS Initial Lab Safety
  • PERCSS - Core Course

The WU Title IX office will contact students directly, prior to their arriving on campus, with instructions on how to complete the mandatory Title IX compliancy module.

Entering Students

When searching for a lab in which to rotate, the PI of the lab may ask your DBBS Program Coordinator to view your application. Please provide permission in the Student Hub to ensure a seamless transition to each rotation.

Setting Up Your First Rotation
We encourage all DBBS students to research our faculty database to contact potential research mentors. Here are a few tips to make setting up your first rotation a success: 

  • Review faculty and their research interests to get an idea of where you want to rotate.
  • Most faculty members prefer to be contacted initially by email.
  • To prepare for your first meeting with the faculty member, read some recent papers from the faculty member's laboratory.
  • Download and fill out the Researc​h Rotation Form​ and give to your program coordinator.  
  • Please visit the Student Forms section of the DBBS website for all student forms.
Entering Students
Student ID Card

When you arrive in St. Louis, contact your DBBS Program Coordinator to obtain authorization for an ID Card.  We will use the photo you submitted with your application, unless you send another to your DBBS Program Coordinator immediately.  All Washington University students should carry their WU Student ID Card whenever they are on campus. The ID gives you access to buildings on the Medical Campus and select Danforth campus buildings, or using the campus shuttle.  

To ride the MetroLink you must have your WU Student ID and Metro U-Pass (see Transportation below for additional information on the Metro U-Pass).

Entering Students
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

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
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