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The PhD Graduate Program in Integrative Biology and Physiology at the University of Minnesota Medical School is a dynamic and growing department that values excellence, innovation, diversity, inclusion and impact as cornerstones to biomedical research and education. We empower our graduate students to develop a deep understanding of the complexity of physiological systems to enable them to pursue unique career pathways spanning from academia to bio-industry and beyond.

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Our elite group of research faculty are not only some of the best in their field, they’re also great teachers and highly accessible to students. Many of our faculty members run their own research labs which add to the active learning environment of the program.

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Our low student-to-faculty ratio means faculty members know all students, allowing for a highly individualized approach to mentoring. Students are carefully partnered with faculty mentors based on a genuine understanding of each student's unique goals.



Our program 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 in the robust bioindustrial arena that is surrounding the Twin Cities. 



Consistently ranked among the nation's top research universities, the University of Minnesota immerses students in a vibrant intellectual environment. Home to 16 Fortune 500 businesses,  Minnesota is consistently ranked in the top 5 happiest and best places to live in the United States. 

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Critical thinking and technical skills are acquired through a carefully structured curriculum that emphasizes learning from original research papers and hands-on laboratory experiences.

A Strong Foundation


Our graduate students start with a solid foundation of coursework in cellular/molecular physiology, integrative/clinical physiology and other key areas, equipping them with a solid base of knowledge as they move into their specific areas of interest.

Interdisciplinary Emphasis


IBP graduate students join a unique culture that fosters interdisciplinary research. Laboratories include modular spaces, designed to facilitate interaction among research groups and provide students with greater insights and learning opportunities.

Career Development


IBP faculty members actively guide students as they shape their future beyond grad school. Students receive support in building their written and oral communications skills, developing a high-quality thesis project, networking with colleagues around the world, navigating the world of research funding for careers in academia, bio-tech, industry and medical devices.

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Diversity and Belonging

The IBP Graduate Program and the University of Minnesota Medical School are committed to excellence. Our mission will only be achieved through embracing and nurturing an environment of diversity, inclusiveness, equal opportunity, and respect for the similarities and differences in our community. We are working hard to ensure that all members of our graduate program community feel they are valued and truly belong for the people they are.