A Golden Celebration GSBS celebrates 50 years of education and research excellence

Jan 10, 2020, 19:34 PM by Stephen Hadley
IN 2019, THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES CELEBRATED 50 YEARS of advancing human understanding and knowledge in health-related disciplines and granting advanced degrees in biomedical sciences.

Since its founding in 1969, the GSBS has awarded more than 2,300 degrees, including 1,291 doctoral, more than 1,000 master’s and 105 in its MD/PhD program.

“This past year has marked a momentous milestone for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS)—50 years of awarding graduate degrees in the biomedical sciences,”said Dr. David  Niesel, dean of the GSBS. “This achievement has afforded all of us the opportunity to reflect on what we
have accomplished, celebrate the success of our alumni, and look forward to the future of biomedical research training at the university.”

The school commemorated the 50th anniversary milestone with a special
celebration and dinner during UTMB’s Homecoming weekend festivities in

“On this important occasion, we recognize the valuable contributions of the GSBS faculty, staff, trainees, alumni, donors, and advocates in advancing graduate training, biomedical research, and scholarly work for the benefit of our community at large,” UTMB President ad interim Dr. Ben Raimer said during the 50th anniversary celebration dinner in October.

“The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences—along with the three other schools at UTMB —serves a critical role in ensuring that our university is successfully developing future leaders who will advance human health for current and future generations.”

In advance of the celebration, GSBS alumna Dr. Heather Wooten completed a book that chronicles the 50 years of the school. For more information on the GSBS and the book, “Looking Back, Moving Forward: A 50th Anniversary History of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences,” visit