Curriculum

In traditional graduate programs, students review basic biology in an overview course, take their other required courses, and perform extended laboratory rotations, which delays their entry into their dissertation research laboratory by approximately one year. The comprehensive exam is taken during the second or third year and the total time to get a Ph.D. is approximately 5-6 years. 

ISB students in our program take courses that teach them how to attack complex problems using integrated, multidisciplinary approaches. Furthermore, the rapid six-week rotations and minimal number of course requirements means that you can graduate in as little as 4 years.

The ISB curriculum is designed so that you can rapidly complete your requirements. It is also flexible, and you can tailor your education needs.

 

Courses

ISB students can choose from a broad array of courses when designing their curriculum.

Research Fellowships

As part of their training ISB students apply for fellowships from national granting agencies. Review the list of pre-doctoral fellowship opportunities.

Career Planning

A unique feature of ISB is the integration of career development into the curriculum.

MD/PhD Training

ISB is associated with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Medical Scientist (M.D./Ph.D.) training program. The emphasis of our core Approaches course on the molecular basis of disease, and the disease-based research of our faculty make ISB an ideal program for those seeking an M.D./Ph.D. degree.