Cell to Society Pathway

A joint training opportunity between the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences and the Division of Public Health Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the Cell to Society Pathway brings rigorous training in biology, genomics, epidemiology and biostatistics together to establish new leaders in biological and quantitative population sciences. A population science perspective transforms graduate training and expedites the move from bench to bedside, bolstered by the resources of the nationally recognized Siteman Cancer Center. As a Cell to Society Pathway student, you are exceptionally well-positioned to apply your expertise to cancer prevention and treatment.

Students who participate in our Cell to Society Pathway obtain degrees in one of the current degree-granting programs; however, your education is enhanced by an emphasis in interdisciplinary coursework and research experiences in population health sciences. 

Watch Dr. Adetunji Toriola's webinar to learn more about the Pathway.

 Students in the Cell to Society Pathway will:Tunji with studentAdetunji Toriola, MD, PhD, assistant professor of surgery, reviews data analysis on breast cancer risk factors with student, Linda Johnson, PhD.

  • Complete two eight-week rotations each in laboratory science and population science

  • Take two courses each in laboratory-based and population-based sciences, then build on learned concepts with electives and a Cell to Society capstone course specifically designed to integrate laboratory-based and population-based concepts

  • Participate in a Cell to Society retreat, a Cell to Society-specific journal club that integrates the fields and promotes in-depth discussions, seminars and an annual student-organized symposium

  • Co-mentored by one laboratory science-based and one population science-based researcher. In these ways, our students will learn to understand and apply both branches of research

Cell to Society PathwayRead Cell to Society Pathway faculty research interests and stories.

 Application Process

Applicants will need to complete the DBBS online application, which consists of submitting the following information: 1) Three letters of recommendation; 2) Academic history; 3) Test Scores – GRE and TOEFL; 4) Two essays; 5) Research description; 6) Listing of major coursework; 7) Work history; and 8) Awards/Honors. 

The application deadline is December 1. Interviews of prospective trainees will begin in January. All accepted applicants must either accept or decline an offer in April. All individuals are eligible to apply to the Cell to Society Pathway.

Additional information regarding applications is available on the DBBS website.


For questions, please contact Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, Chief, Division of Public Health Sciences, Associate Director of Prevention and Control at Siteman Cancer Center and deputy director of the Institute of Public Health or Susan Dutcher, PhD, professor of genetics.