Interdisciplinary Program

The Interdisciplinary Program of the School of Graduate Studies matriculated its first class in July 2005. The program was established to provide students with an integrated curriculum and the opportunity to select a mentor from a wide range of disciplines. The program comprises seven Basic Science Departments ―  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Cell Biology and Anatomy; Genetics; Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology; Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics; Physiology and the Neuroscience Program.

Students participate in a one-year integrated curriculum and, after a series of research rotations, select a mentor/department in which they will complete their dissertation research.  


The mission of the Interdisciplinary Program to prepare students for a career in biomedical science and to help them gain competence in the application of the principles of cellular and molecular biology to the understanding of organ-based function and pathophysiology through a program of didactic and laboratory research experience.


Exposure to the basic principles of multiple disciplines spanning from cellular and molecular biology to organ-based biology will prepare students to understand and integrate biological processes at multiple levels of organization.

The Program Provides

  • A solid integrated foundation in molecular, cellular and systems biology
  • Courses tailored to graduate students
  • A broad selection of potential mentors
  • Improved opportunities for collaborations, interactions and collegiality

The Interdisciplinary Program also administers five courses that are required of all students enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies: INTER 200: Professionalism in Science I, INTER 220: Ethics in Biomedical Sciences, INTER 240: Professionalism in Science II, INTER 260: Responsible Conduct of Research I, and INTER 280: Responsible Conduct of Research II.

For more information, please contact Angela Amedee, PhD (, Interim Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.