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Message from the Associate Dean

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies Klemens J. Hertel, PhD
Klemens J. Hertel, PhD, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies

Welcome to the UC Irvine School of Medicine Graduate Studies website.

This office serves as the school-wide advocate for the advancement of graduate education and strives for standards of excellence, fairness and equity across all graduate programs within the medical school. Our specific role is articulated in more detail in our mission statement, which I hope you will take a moment to read so as to familiarize yourself with the purpose of the Graduate Studies office.

There are over 200 graduate students in the School of Medicine seeking either the PhD degree or the MS degree. Our students are learning through both academic coursework and advanced research that is being conducted throughout the UC Irvine campus, medical school and medical center.

While our graduate students are enrolled in a number of diverse degree programs, these programs are universally privileged to have top-ranking faculty, challenging academic programs and state-of-the-art laboratory research opportunities.

We in the Office of Graduate Studies pride ourselves on the support we provide to each of our students. We work with graduate students on all aspects of student life from the beginning of their tenure here to the completion of their graduate degree and graduation celebration.

We continue to monitor our individual alumni's success and professional achievements well after they leave our campus. We stand ready to assist our alumni with any future needs. 

We are proud of our prestigious alumni who have gone on to hold important faculty positions in world-renowned academic institutions, conduct cutting-edge research in both private industry and the public sector and fill high level policy and management positions throughout the world.

If we in the Office of Graduate Studies can assist you during your student tenure or in the future, please feel free to contact us with any questions, suggestions or concerns. As partners in this university's research and education mission, you are important to our university's future and our mutual success. 

With warm regards,

Klemens J. Hertel, PhD
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
Professor, Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
School of Medicine