The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS) is an integrative and flexible academic approach to the beginning of scholarly activity leading to the Ph.D. Students who enter the IGPBS undertake a curriculum in biomedical sciences, facilitated by faculty of diverse research interests. The Program is designed to provide foundational knowledge as well as advanced insight into current biomedical research. As part of the overall curriculum, emphasis is placed on all aspects of career development and training, from acquisition of knowledge and critical review of current research publications, to development of skills in scientific writing and presentation.
During the first year of study, students within IGPBS participate in laboratory rotations. These rotations provide the students with opportunities to delve into research topics that encompass a wide spectrum of areas of current biomedical investigation. Students may elect to rotate through as many as four different research laboratories, with each rotation extending nearly one academic quarter. During this time, the IGPBS student can determine which research project and laboratory setting is a best fit, personally and professionally.
Upon commitment by both the student and mentor to research and training that will lead the student to successful completion of the requirements for the Ph.D., the student then moves into the degree granting department within the University.
The Cell Biology and Anatomy Department provides essential training for careers that would include faculty positions at research and/or educational institutions, and for research positions in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry.The Department features several laboratories engaged in cutting-edge research in a variety of disciplines. We are currently experiencing a period of expansion with the addition of several faculty members and laboratories.
Researchers have access to many state-of-the-art facilities, including those dedicated to live cell imaging confocal microscopy, electron microscopy, X-ray crystallography, and proteomics. Current areas of research interest within the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy include:
-Neuronal mechanisms of learning and memory
-The cellular and molecular basis of muscle cell differentiation and development
-Mechanisms of intracellular trafficking
-Biosynthesis and processing of extracellular matrix
-Glial cell metabolic processes
-The functional anatomy of the visual system
- Mechanisms of axon regeneration
-Mechanisms of gene expression
-The role of steroid hormones in neuronal gene regulation and neurodegenerative disease
The University holds accreditation through:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
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All entry level professional programs hold accreditation through their respective professional accrediting associations.
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