Graduate Program


ibp grad students

The PhD Graduate Program in Integrative Biology and Physiology (IBP) is a unique hybrid of the field of physiology, the cornerstone of biomedical research and medicine, and the rapidly advancing fields of molecular, genetic and cellular biology. 

Dalay Olson

IBP graduate students at the University of Minnesota Medical School are trained to combine sophisticated approaches to understanding molecular and cellular function with integrative physiological methods to unravel the mechanisms of disease. For us the gene, protein and test tube is not the end point—it is the very beginning of advance and discovery in the integrative biomedical sciences.

Our students are trained to understand molecular and cellular function and integrative physiological methods to unravel the mechanisms of disease

Students can focus their PhD thesis work in any one of several areas: cardiovascular, metabolic, muscular and respiratory diseases, regenerative medicine and others.

In addition to providing a solid foundation in physiology and biology, our program also provides the flexibility and opportunity for students to design a training plan that prepares them for careers in academia in either basic or clinical sciences as well as the bio-industrial arena.


A publication by Nathan Zaidman, Ph.D. - “Differentiation of human bronchial epithelial cells: roles of hydrocortisone in development of ion transport pathways involved in mucociliary clearance” (published in AJP-Cell Physiology, 1 August 2016 Vol. 311 no. 2, C225-C236) was selected as AJP-Cell Physiology Paper of the Year for 2016!  The Journal will formally announce the award in April at the AJP-Cell Symposium at the EB 2017 conference in Chicago.  Nathan worked in Scott O'Grady's lab and graduated Fall 2016.  He is currently working as a Post Doc at Johns Hopkins Medical School with Jennifer Pluznick, Ph.D.

catherine kotz Ph.D.Catherine Kotz, Ph.D. is the new Director of Graduate Studies for the IBP Graduate Program.

The Pulse: John Osborn