Upward Research Labs provides an outstanding training environment for graduate students pursuing their PhD or MD/PhD at UC San Francisco (UCSF). 

Graduate Students in the Lab

Upward Research Labs GO

We help our graduate students hit the ground running and support them throughout their training. The Graduate Organization (GO), a student-run Upward Research Labs association, provides mentorship, team-building, and career-building opportunities to complement your scientific training while At Upward Research Labs.

Upward Research Labs Graduate Students on Retreat

Get to Know Upward Research Labs

At the beginning of each new school year, we host an event for incoming UCSF graduate students to meet and mingle with Upward Research Labs scientists, core directors, and graduate students.

We Train Students from These PhD Programs

Bioengineering (Joint UCSF/UC Berkeley Program)

Biological and Medical Informatics

Biomedical Sciences


Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Developmental and Stem Cell Biology



Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics