PhD Training

IU School of Medicine offers PhD training in many areas of basic science. PhD minors are also available to supplement targeted areas of study. The IU School of Medicine BioMedical Gateway (IBMG) program provides a shared first-year experience for all biomedical science PhD students.

A first-year IBMG Program student takes a shared curriculum with core first semester components, core required courses in the second and third semester, and many options to focus their studies in the second semester. During this time, the program provides advising and mentoring support for all first year students.

First third of semester
(first five weeks)
Second third of semester
(second five weeks)
Last third of semester
(third five weeks)
GRDM-G724 Molecular Cancer GeneticsGRDM-G852 Concepts of Cancer Biology (2 cr)
GRDM-G749 Introduction to Structural Biology
GRDM-G807 Structural and Chemical Biology (2 cr)GRDM-G725 Gene Therapy
GRDM-G817 Molecular Basis of Cell Structure and Function (2 cr)
GRDM-G729 Introduction to Immunological SystemsGRDM-G728 Fundamental Concepts of Infection and Pathogenesis
GRDM-G726 Developmental GeneticsGRDM-G727 Animal Models of Human DiseaseGRDM-G751 Advanced Concepts in Cytosolic and Nuclear Signal Transduction (2 cr)
GRDM-G737 Introduction to HistologyGRDM-G733 Introduction to Biological Microscopy (2 cr)
GRDM-G736 Endocrine and
Gastrointestinal Function
in Health and Disease
GRDM-G735 Cardiovascular, Renal and Respiratory Function
in Health and Disease
 (2 cr)
GRDM-G720 Stem Cell Biology (2cr)
GRDM-G743 Fundamentals of Electrical Signaling and Ion Channel Biology (2 cr)GRDM-G745 Fundamentals of Intracellular Signal Transduction in Neurons (2 cr)GRDM-G744 Neuropharmacology of Synaptic Transmission: Receptors and Ligands (2 cr)

PhD Programs

Following the first year of training, PhD students enter the specialty area of their training.

PhD Minors

Complementing a student’s major, PhD Minors are an additional requirement for graduate students pursuing their doctorate.

A bioinformatics minor through the School of Informatics and Computing provides interdisciplinary training for doctoral students to conduct cutting-edge research in biomedical disciplines. The minor imparts knowledge of bioinformatics methods for solving genomic, proteomic and other biomedical and health-related problems.

Enhancing analytic and data-based management skills, the biostatistics minor addresses the growing discipline of biostatistics.

The Business of Biomedical Science minor allows students to gain a highly competitive outlook in the modern biomedical workforce. This minor program provides students the opportunity to utilize existing courses in the schools of Business, Law and Medicine. Email Dr. Randy Brutkiewicz for information on this minor and how to apply.

The Cancer/Cancer Biology minor is available through the IU Simon Cancer Center and joins credits outside a student’s major department.

Giving students with a comprehensive background in integrative cardiac, vascular, renal and pulmonary (patho)biology, the Cardiovascular Sciences PhD minor is offered by the Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology.

Providing students with an overview of clinical research by introducing them to core research concepts and skills, the Clinical Research PhD minor is offered by the Indiana CTSI.

Connecting scientists and health professionals to policy makers, funders, students, professionals and the public, the Communicating Science PhD minor is a program of the IUPUI Department of Communication Studies.

The Diabetes and Obesity PhD minor was developed to increase the number of scientists conducting basic research relevant to diabetes and obesity in order to address the severe and growing impact of diabetes in the United States. This education program is offered by

the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

The Health Informatics PhD minor is offered through the School of Informatics and Computing to enable doctoral students in other disciplines to learn and use health informatics approaches to solve problems that arise in their academic careers.

The Life Sciences PhD minor requires 12 credits of advanced graduate-level courses taken outside a student’s major department; six of these credits must be in a single department. Interested students should speak with advisory committee for information on this minor.

This minor is designed to explore the fundamentals of policy analysis for those pursuing a career in science policy. The program blends classroom learning and a practicum. Email Dr. Randy Brutkiewicz for information on this minor and how to apply.

The Translational Science PhD minor is a 12-credit program for current PhD students at IUPUI.

Financial Aid

PhD students at IU School of Medicine receive an annual stipend ($27,000 for the 2017-18 academic year), without a TA requirement. Tuition scholarships ae available each academic year, and PhD students receive health insurance and dental coverage.