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.
Success in research demands creativity, the ability to think critically and mastery of technical skills. Although it is often said that one "cannot teach creativity," it certainly can be encouraged and rewarded.
As for critical thinking and technical skills, these are acquired through a carefully structured curriculum that emphasizes learning from original research papers and hands-on laboratory experience rather than summaries usually found in textbooks.
In all cases, our PhD training program at Minnesota is highly individualized so that each student has the freedom to pursue their own scientific interests with respect to their unique academic history.