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The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS) consortium consists of six interdisciplinary doctoral programs with over 200 participating research faculty from 32 basic science and clinical departments. 

The six doctoral programs that comprise the IGPBS are:

Students can enroll in IGPBS before choosing a laboratory or a doctoral program (“uncommitted” students), which provides the opportunity for research rotations in any of the participating laboratories on campus. Uncommitted students complete a first semester common core curriculum, after which they commit to one of the six doctoral programs and complete advanced interdisciplinary training in their field of interest. 

Students can also enter IGPBS committed to an individual doctoral program. Committed students rotate among the laboratories in that doctoral program and follow the first semester curriculum of that doctoral program.

IGPBS Committee

Dr. Karen Gould and Dr. Dan Monaghan (Co-Chairs and Program Co-Directors), Dr. Kaustubh Datta (BMB), Dr. Joyce Solheim (CR) Dr.  Rakesh Singh (IPID), Dr. Matthew Zimmerman (IPMM), Dr. Andrew Dudley (MGCB), and Dr. Keshore Bidasee (NEURO)

PhD Curriculum

Uncommitted Students

Uncommitted PhD students enrolled in IGPBS must complete the courses listed below during their first semester of study, after which they commit to one of the six doctoral programs and complete advanced interdisciplinary training in their field of interest.

First Semester Common Core Curriculum (Uncommitted students only)
IPBS 801FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOMOLECULES3
IPBS 802MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY2
IPBS 803FUNDAMENTALS OF RECEPTORS & CELL SIGNALING2
IPBS 850CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE1
IPBS 896RSCH OTHER THAN THESIS1-9
IPBS 970SEMINAR1

Committed Students

IGPBS students who enroll committed to one of the six participating doctoral programs must follow the curriculum established for that specific program.