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New Biomedical Science program approved by Regents

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, has approved a request to revise and restructure the bioscience-related program(s) into a new consortium degree-granting program at the University of Iowa—the Biomedical Science program.

The Board agreed that an “umbrella” biomedical degree granting program with subprograms would make us more nimble and better able to shape biomedical graduate education to meet new demands, themes, and institutional strengths and priorities.

The Associate Dean’s office will provide oversight, regulation and monitoring functions for the new program, which will be an interdisciplinary graduate program and will have a dual reporting relationship to the Graduate College and UI Carver College of Medicine.

The new Biomedical Science Program will accept its first students for the Fall 2017 semester and will include 8 of the 11 current bioscience-related PhD programs. These eight will now be known as subprograms and include:

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell and Developmental Biology (formerly Anatomy and Cell Biology)
  • Free Radical and Radiation Biology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Pharmacology
  • Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Three of the 11 programs will maintain their own PhD degree-granting programs because they are highly interdisciplinary, cross several college boundaries and/or have substantial research emphases that do not fit well under the umbrella of “biomedical.” Those programs are:

  • Genetics
  • Human Toxicology
  • Neuroscience 

Learn more about the new Biomedical Science Program.

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