Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Microbiology and Immunology


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.

The aim of the graduate training program in Microbiology and Immunology is to develop competent researchers and teachers in all fields of medical microbiology and immunology. Emphasis is placed on helping the student to explore creative potential and to develop essential research skills and teaching competence that will enable him/her to secure a faculty appointment in a medical or related health professions' school, or a position as a research scientist in a biomedical research institute or in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry. The department offers formal courses covering both basic and clinical microbiology and immunology and specializes in advanced teaching of molecular virology and pathogenesis, mechanisms of cancer development, molecular and clinical immunology, and molecular and cellular parasitology. Students are encouraged, with assistance of faculty advisors, to develop a specific program of course work, independent reading, and dissertation research that in the breadth and depth of its coverage is fitting to their individual backgrounds, interests and career goals. Modern research laboratories and equipment are available to all graduate students within the department.


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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