Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Physiology and Biophysics


3333 Green Bay Road

North Chicago, IL 60064

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Physiology and Biophysics, Physiology and Biophysics : PhD, MD/PhD, DPM/PhD

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 Department of Physiology and Biophysics is strongly committed to the training of medical and graduate students in physiology and to the advancement of biomedical knowledge through research on whole organisms and at the cellular and molecular level. The department's role in medical training is to provide a complete understanding of the cellular, cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, gastrointestinal, nervous, and endocrine mechanisms involved in the maintenance of homeostasis in the body. In the graduate programs this basic knowledge is complemented by in depth training in areas of specialization and in the application of modern physiological research methods.


The University holds accreditation through: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Institutions of Higher Education 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400 Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504 1-800-621-7440 1-312-263-0456 All entry level professional programs hold accreditation through their respective professional accrediting associations.

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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