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Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Program Directors: Dr. Craig Peterson and Dr. Heidi Tissenbaum

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program is characterized by:

  • a streamlined and flexible graduate curriculum tailored to the specific needs of individual students;
  • participation from more than 130 UMMS labs; and
  • encouragement of students’ rapid initiation into full-time thesis research. 

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP) was established to support interdisciplinary approaches to graduate training in biomedical research. The more than 130 laboratories that participate in the program are directed by a distinguished group of faculty affiliated with 13 basic science and clinical departments at the Medical School. Program investigators employ a wide range of instrumentation and experimental approaches to their research including: classical and molecular genetics; proteomics and genomics; X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance; and digital imaging and laser confocal microscopy of single cells and tissues. Specialized core facilities in gene chip analysis, mass spectroscopy, transgenics, DNA sequencing, analytical ultracentrifugation and biomedical imaging enhance the research capabilities of individual labs.

Characterized by a streamlined and flexible graduate curriculum that is tailored to the specific needs of individual students, the IGP encourages rapid initiation of full-time thesis research. A weekly seminar series, sponsored by the Program in Molecular Medicine, features distinguished lecturers from around the world. IGP students also host one or two of these seminars each semester, and faculty, students and postdoctoral fellows participate in weekly journal clubs and research forums.

Program Requirements 

All Basic Biomedical Science students must complete the core curriculum as well as advanced topics required by their program. Students in the Interdisciplinary program must take 3 advanced topics courses. Advanced coursework, journal clubs and other enrichment activities beyond the graduate core course are tailored to the requirements of each student and are determined after discussion between the faculty advisor and student.

View year by year course sequence for Basic Biomedical Science doctoral students.