PhD Program

What is “Integrative Biology and Physiology”?

Integrative Biology and Physiology (IBP) is the merging of Physiology, which studies the function of living organisms, and the rapidly advancing fields of molecular, genetic, and cellular Biology. Research in Integrative Biology and Physiology enables us to understand how the body works, how it adapts to the environment, and how it malfunctions in disease.

What do IBP students focus on during their PhD?

IBP graduate students at the University of Minnesota Medical School are trained to use sophisticated approaches to study molecular, cellular, and whole-body functions. Our goal is to better understand how living organisms function and discover new mechanisms of disease. 

Students can focus their PhD thesis work in any one of several areas:

  • Cardiovascular biology and disease (e.g. heart failure and atherosclerosis)
  • Metabolism and related diseases (e.g. obesity, diabetes, and fatty liver disease)
  • Muscular and respitatory function and disease
  • Inflammation in health and disease
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Neurophysiology
  • Aging
  • Cancer

 We provide a solid foundation in physiology and biology but also the flexibility for students to design a training plan that prepares them for careers in academia, education or the bio-industrial arena.

Where do our students go after they obtain a PhD in IBP?

Our graduates are highly successful in their careers and leadership roles in academia, industry, government, education, and administration.


IBP Graduate Summer Colloquium

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Application Deadline: December 1