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About the School


To provide outstanding graduate education and postdoctoral training to meet the need for highly qualified researchers and educators in the life science and health care fields, and to advance knowledge through biomedical research


To excel in all facets of the training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and thereby gain national recognition for preparing outstanding biomedical scientists and educators whose contributions will advance knowledge in the life sciences


Diversity • Excellence • Innovation • Integrity • Mentorship • Scholarship • Scientific Curiosity


The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) values an inclusive environment with a diverse population of students, staff, and faculty to educate future scientists and other biomedical professionals and thereby best serve the nation’s research needs. Recruitment, development, retention, and advancement of diverse individuals, especially those under-represented in biomedical research, add value to biomedical education and research. These inclusive practices improve competency of diversity, broaden problem-solving capabilities of professional teams, and empower students to address gaps of knowledge in biomedical research. This statement is dynamic, reflecting our understanding of the evolving national and biomedical research environment.

Flexible Curriculum

The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies provides several academic programs leading to a variety of advanced degrees in biomedical sciences. Programs leading to PhD and masters’ degrees in basic science research are available.

Students seeking a PhD enter the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS) and rotate through a variety of labs. This program provides foundational knowledge in biomedical sciences and plenty of research opportunities for students to take advantage of in their doctoral work. 

For those interested in combining a medical degree or a podiatric medicine degree, combined MD/PhD and DPM/PhD degrees are also available. These programs provide interdisciplinary and interprofessional experiences for careers that combine basic biomedical research and clinical practice. 

Following in Franklin’s Footsteps

Scientific research is in our DNA. The science mastered by Rosalind Franklin, PhD, is helping a team of top researchers at Dr. Franklin’s namesake university visualize and understand how protein structures function at the atomic level … and that’s just one example of the research happening right here, right now.

RFUMS has made significant investments in research facilities and personnel over the past decade, recruiting top structural biologists who have been warded highly competitive NIH grants to fund their research of high biological significance.