Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology


3333 Green Bay Road

North Chicago, IL 60064

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

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.

A well-rounded research and teaching program in Pharmacology and Molecular Biology has been developed and the ratio of graduate students to faculty facilitates close interaction among them. Students are presented with numerous opportunities to participate in research seminars, journal clubs, discussion and collaboration with other research groups in this medical school and around the country.


Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science receives its degree-granting authority from the Illinois Board of Higher Education and is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400 800.621.7440 312.263.0456

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Specialized Institution—Medical school or medical center

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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