Graduate Program

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.

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.