Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Science (IGPBS)

Basic Science Degree Program

   resulting in PhDs in the biomedical fields of
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology & Anatomy
  • Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology
  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Neuroscience
  • Physiology & Biophysics

All of these degrees will begin with our new first year interdisciplinary plan called:

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS)

The IGPBS is flexible and totally student oriented. It is designed to provide the most advanced, laboratory-based, biomedical education that is available in the USA 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) is 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.


During the first year of the IGPBS, students take a state-of-the-art and highly integrated core curriculum that involves faculty from all the basic science departments. In addition to courses which provide the fundamental principles essential for an understanding of the biomedical sciences, students are provided with


  1. an introduction to the practical aspects of research
    1. the use of biographics (organization and presentation of research data)
    2. bioethics (the issue of authorships)
    3. the appropriate use of animals in research,
    4. procedures for human studies research, etc.
  2. first hand experience in research methods through research lab rotations.


During their first year, students see presentations from the faculty about their research programs. Students will then begin laboratory rotations with RFUMS research faculty, providing them with the time to evaluate the various research programs at RFUMS before they select the best research program for them. Once the student has selected a research program, they move into one of the 8 degree granting Departments or Programs at the university.