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Our Biomedical Science PhD candidates benefit from the diversity of an umbrella program and the support of a cohesive academic campus.  The Biomedical Science Program (BSP) is a first-year umbrella program supporting matriculation into any of these seven PhD subprograms:

Successful completion culminates with a PhD granted in Biomedical Science and affiliated to a respective subprogram—for example, PhD, Biomedical Science (Pharmacology).  

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Training and Professional Development

Our graduate program in Biomedical Science blends education in the classroom, training in the laboratory, and the development of a wide set of career and professional skills. Students emerge from our Program as well-rounded professionals prepared to undertake a range of careers in the biomedical workforce, from independent investigators at research institutes and researchers for industry to teachers at universities and liberal arts colleges, among many other outcomes.

Faculty and Graduate Students

Biomedical Science PhD students train with an elite cadre of teachers from across departments in the UI Carver College of Medicine and the University of Iowa campus. Many faculty members are internationally renowned for their research and teaching. Two faculty members are Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators, 13 are members of the Institute of Medicine on the National Academy of Science, and two are members of the National Academies of Science.

A distinctive feature of the UI Biomedical Science Program is that a high proportion of the Program’s faculty members are clinician-scientists who provide graduate students uncommon opportunities to gain experience with clinical populations relevant to their bench science. The Biomedical Science Program interfaces closely with the highly ranked medical scientist training program (MSTP) and also hosts the MD/PhD students for the PhD phase of their training. The close proximity of academic units in the Carver College of Medicine and the university-owned teaching hospital (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics) means that PhD students are literally immersed in a highly blended academic-medical environment where all of the infrastructure is within easy walking distance on a single, integrated campus.

Core Research Facilities

Biomedical science researchers benefit from state-of-the-art core research facilities and research support facilities. Much of the research is interdisciplinary, with collaborations coordinated through major research centers, institutes, and programs.

More Information

To the left are links to information about each of the subprograms. On the page for each subprogram, you will find an overview of the subprogram and links to more specific information, including important contact information and a list of the UI faculty affiliated with the Biomedical Science Program.

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