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.


Dr. Assaf Harel

Dr. Harel is a cognitive neuroscientist investigating the neural basis of visual recognition. He is particularly interested in how visual recognition occurs in real-world settings and adopts a neuroergonomic approach to study the applied aspects of high-level vision.  In his lab, he employs a host of cognitive neuroscience techniques, including EEG, fMRI, psychophysics, and eye tracking to study how people perceive and think about the world around them, and how these processes are substantiated in the brain.

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.


10 am
Gandhi Medical Education Center
4 pm
WSU Student Union