Academic Programs


Our Biomedical Science Program (BSP) includes 300+ faculty under the diversity of a large umbrella program that includes some of the most elite programs at the University of Iowa, and several of the programs are ranked in the top 15 nationwide. Students are admitted directly to one of nine subprograms listed on the left.  Related Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs include GeneticsHuman Toxicology and Neuroscience.

Training and Professional Development

A major focus of our graduate programs is preparing students and making them competitive for both traditional career outcomes (e.g., independent scientist positions at research-intensive institutions), and other career outcomes where PhD training is vital (e.g., teaching positions at liberal arts colleges and universities, research positions in biotechnology and industry, administrative positions in government, and media positions). In conjunction with the Office of UI Grad Success, the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies provides professional development and career skills training across the biomedical programs, to ensure that students acquire appropriate skill sets to compete at the next level.

Faculty and Graduate Students

Well-funded and highly visible training faculty from 26 basic and clinical departments in the Carver College of Medicine, and from other biomedically-related departments across the campus (e.g., Biology, Engineering, Psychology), participate in training biomedical PhD students. Many faculty members are internationally renowned for their research. Two faculty members are Howard Hughes Institute Investigators, 12 are members of the Institute of Medicine and two are members of the National Academy of Sciences.

A high proportion of the training faculty are clinician-scientists, providing graduate students uncommon opportunities to gain experience with clinical populations relevant to their bench science. The biomedical programs interface closely with the highly ranked medical scientist training program (MSTP), and host the MD/PhD students for the PhD phase of their training.

Altogether, more than 300 graduate students are enrolled in the PhD programs. Students across the various biomedical PhD programs have a long history of success in winning extramural funding, including prestigious NRSA (F30, F31) and NSF fellowships.

Core Research Facilities

Researchers in the college's laboratories are served by state-of-the-art core research facilities and research support facilities. Much of the research conducted is interdisciplinary and collaborations are fostered and coordinated through major research centers, institutes and programs.