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Selected Affiliated Graduate Programs

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Genetics

Director: Dan Eberl, PhD

The Interdepartmental PhD Program in Genetics offers broad training in genetics and research opportunities in the laboratories of faculty members from several departments. This program is designed to permit students to tailor their curricula to their own research interests and career goals, while at the same time providing them with the opportunity to obtain a broad intellectual foundation in many areas of genetics.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Molecular Medicine

Director: Matthew Potthoff, PhD

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Molecular Medicine at The University of Iowa provides for broad training in molecular and cell biology, as well as specialized courses in the area of research focus. Currently the program faculty represent the departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Dows Institute for Dental Research, Internal Medicine, Microbiology, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Otolaryngology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pharmacology,  Psychiatry, Radiation Oncology, and Surgery. The program actively recruits new students with diverse research interests.

Medical Scientist Training Program 

Director: Steven Lentz, MD, PhD

The Iowa Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), which awards a combined MD/PhD degree, offers a training sequence that integrates graduate study, research training, and all clinical studies required for the medical and doctorate of philosophy degrees. It provides a career pathway for those students interested in pursuing the clinical applications of basic biomedical research. Requirements for both the MD and PhD degrees can be completed in approximately seven years.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Immunology

Director: Kevin Legge, PhD

This program trains students in basic immunology and prepares them for future careers as faculty members at universities or medical schools. The cornerstone of the training process is intensive research experience under the preceptorship of an outstanding scientist studying basic immunology. 

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience

Director: Daniel Tranel, PhD

This program promotes interaction among faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students, providing an impetus for accelerated growth in research whose aim is to understand the structure and function of the nervous system at the system, cellular and molecular levels. Research and teaching in the neurosciences at Iowa are consolidated in five principal areas: molecular, cellular, developmental, systems, and behavioral neuroscience.