Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS) is flexible and totally student oriented.

It is designed to provide the most advanced, laboratory-based, biomedical education that is available in the US today. A student will emerge from this program as a highly competitive biomedical scientist, ready for the 21st Century.Biomedicine and Biotechnologies are identified by Presidential and Congressional Commissions as one of the leading growth sectors of the American and World economies into the 21st Century. You can pursue graduate studies at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) in the cutting-edges of biomedical research and place yourself in a competitive position for the 21st Century.


Research at RFUMS encompasses an in depth concentration of researchers in the areas of Structural Biology/Biochemistry, Neurosciences, and Molecular Cellular Processes. This includes investigators studying the underlying mechanisms of protein structure and function, fundamental mechanisms of drug dependency and neurodegenerative diseases (such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease) as well as the mechanisms of viral induced cancers. Because Cancer and many other diseases are caused by a dysfunction of cellular and developmental process, many of our researchers study problems of cellular and developmental biology. For example, those that study membrane transporters focus on problems related to both cell biology (signal pathways, etc.) and structural biology (mutations in transporter structure). Others study problems related to cell proliferation, cell trafficking, ECM structure, and development of various organs systems such as muscle.

Your decision as to what field of research you should pursue is important and something that you should have time to consider. At RFUMS, students enter into an Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS) which allows them time to receive an education in the most current areas of the biomedical sciences before they select a laboratory in which to conduct their graduate research program.

Students choose from the following disciplines:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology & Anatomy
  • Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology
  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Neuroscience
  • Physiology & Biophysics

About the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies was established to provide graduate-level education to meet the need for highly qualified biomedical teachers and research workers in the rapidly expanding health care field. Goals of the school have been enlarged to provide graduate education for specialized clinical and administrative services in health care. SPGS programs of study are designed to prepare a student for a lifetime of scholarly pursuits in life sciences, teaching, administration and care. This includes:
  • Training for a career in basic biomedical research, which may be combined with teaching in medical or the health professions.
  • Training for an investigative, teaching and clinical care career in the health sciences.
  • Preparation for administration in institutions of basic research and general biomedical research.
  • Provision of opportunities for practicing health professionals to keep abreast of new developments, learn new methodologies, or gain additional research experiences.
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