Thank you for your interest in the Experimental Pathology Ph.D. subprogram. The Experimental Pathology subprogram is centered in the Department of Pathology and is a member of the Biomedical Science Graduate Program in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. The Biomedical Science Program (BSP) oversees admissions and first-year graduate studies for the seven Ph.D. subprograms, including Experimental Pathology.

Application Process:

Students apply via the Biomedical Science Program Admissions portal found here:

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All information and documents needed for the application process are listed on the Biomedical Science Program Admissions website.

Application fee waivers are available to those who qualify. Also, the cost to apply is reimbursed by the Carver College of Medicine for all applicants who receive an interview invitation and complete the interview.

Admitted first year BSP students enjoy the flexibility of investigating several disciplines prior to affiliating with a specific subprogram by performing three research rotations in the laboratories of any of the BSP faculty, regardless of the faculty person’s program affiliation(s). The BSP has organized its first-year curriculum in order to meet the dual goals of: A) providing all students with an integrated, core foundation in modern molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, genetics, quantitative literacy, and critical thinking; and B) providing maximum flexibility to accommodate students' individual interests.

Although uncommon, students may also apply for admission directly into the Experimental Pathology Ph.D. subprogram (direct admit pathway). In order for this to happen, the student must have identified a faculty mentor in Pathology willing to fully support them from entry into the program until they complete all requirements and defend their thesis. Accordingly, direct admit students do not perform rotations, but begin work immediately in the mentor’s laboratory. Importantly, direct admit students must meet the same academic and research qualifications as applicants admitted into the Biomedical Science Program, as determined by the BSP Admissions Committee.

Students who choose the Experimental Pathology Ph.D. subprogram earn a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Science (Experimental Pathology).

Questions about admissions procedures can be directed to BSP staff at or call 319-335-8306.