The Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program

Big enough to be on the forefront of research

Small enough for one on one interactions with experts

We foster a cooperative climate for training and research that has an established record of timely graduations and alumni successes.  We also provide competitive stipends in a vibrant region with a low cost of living.

Featured Program Faculty

Dr. Quan Zhong

The Zhong lab has a broad interest in understanding how cells monitor and respond to changes in intracellular and extracellular environment via complex networks of gene-gene interactions. Her lab currently focuses on developing functional genomics tools and resources to map and analyze genetic and protein-protein interaction networks. The main goal is to model effects of gene mutations on cellular functions and to classify modifier relationships between different gene alleles, assisting genome-wide discovery of genetic factors underlying disease. 

Integrative Biology and Toxicology

Are you interested in studying the mammalian organism as an entire system or investigating a specific organ system as a part of the whole organism? If so, consider the Integrative Biology and Toxicology area of concentration.

Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology

Research training opportunities in the Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology area of concentration extend across the molecular, cellular, intercellular and organismal levels of biology.


Neuroscience and Physiology

The Neuroscience and Physiology area of concentration involves investigating the function of the cell, the organ and the whole animal, using molecular, cellular, physiological and behavioral approaches.

Structural and Quantitative Biology

Traditional biological research and computational science methods have come together to form the next wave in research. This combination is maximized in the Structural and Quantitative Biology area of concentration.

Research Spotlight




DNA is most susceptible to mutation during the process of replication. The Leffak laboratory studies the proteins involved in replication initiation, and non-Watson-Crick DNA structures that cause replication-dependent mutagenesis and chromosome breakage in human disease.