PiBS Current Students

First year PhD students will participate in the Foundations in Biomedical Sciences (FiBS) core curriculum as well as have the opportunity to select elective courses focused on area-specific interests. Additionally, trainees will have the opportunity to experience laboratory rotations and engage in journal clubs and research seminars. Trainees will work closely with a faculty advisor on developing an individual plan that will be tailored to serve specific research and professional goals.

After selection of a laboratory prior to the second year, students will join the program/department with which the mentor is affiliated and continue advanced studies towards candidacy.


Foundations in Biomedical Sciences (FiBS): Students who have entered through PiBS   participate in an integrated FiBS curriculum with content coordinated across courses, programs and departments. The core curriculum spans 1.5 semesters.  The FiBS  core modules (each 2 cr)  include (i) Protein Structure, Catalysis & Interaction, (ii) Structure and Function of the Genome, (iii) Architecture & Dynamics of the Cell and (iv) Mechanisms of Cell Communication while elective modules include (i) Translational Genetics and Genomics, (ii) Molecular Metabolism, (iii)Physiology of Specialized Cells as well as Program specific modules such as (iv) Comprehensive Immunology and (v) Concepts in Virology.  All graduate students  (not just students entering through the PiBS pathway) are eligible to enroll in FiBS modular courses.  Additionally, trainees  experience laboratory rotations and engage in journal clubs and research seminars.   After students select a laboratory for their dissertation research, students will join the department/program with which the mentor is affiliated and continue  towards Ph.D. candidacy in that discipline.

PhD Funding

We enjoy funding from the National Institutes of Health to support training in specific areas including but not limited to: Addiction Science, Aging, Cancer Biology, Cardiovascular Biology, Inflammatory Disorders, Metabolism, Endocrinology and Obesity, Pathogenesis, Pulmonary Biology and Immunology.

Funding Opportunities

PiBS Student Handbook

Please review the PiBS Student Handbook for details on specific policies and procedures regarding academic requirements, lab rotations, qualifying exams, etc.

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