Biomedical Sciences Program - an Integrated Discipline

The Ph.D. program in Biomedical Sciences (IBSP) is an integrated, interdisciplinary, research-oriented graduate program in which students train in faculty laboratories at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, LeBonheur Children's Hospital, and the Veteran Affairs Medical Center, among others. Students who would like to train in any one of our five research tracks should apply to the IBSP, and will then have the option of considering multiple tracks or directly entering a specific track.

The IBSP offers exceptional features:

  • Over 150 participating faculty members from UTHSC, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Five different tracks representing the best of contemporary biology
  • Flexibility: students may select from laboratories in any of the tracks to identify a Research Advisor and are not limited by departmental barriers found in traditional graduate programs
  • NIH-funded training grant for underrepresented minority students in bacterial pathogenesis
  • Exceptional, yet affordable, living in a metropolitan setting

Cancer and Developmental Biology

  • Angiogenesis
  • Apoptosis
  • Cell Differentiation
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Cell Signaling
  • Organ System
  • Development
  • Pathology

Cell Biology and Physiology

  • Animal Models
  • Hormonal Control
  • Organ Systems
  • Vascular Biology
  • Cell Signaling
  • Cytoskeleton
  • Membrane Transport

Microbiology, Immunology, and Biochemistry

  • Autoimmunity
  • Cytokines and Chemokines
  • Bacterial Pathogenesis
  • Vaccines
  • Virology
  • Cell Signaling
  • Structural Biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Gene Regulation

Molecular and Systems Pharmacology

  • Drug Targets and Disease
  • Pharmacology
  • Receptor Kinetics and Structure
  • Signal Transduction
  • Transcription Regulation


  • Addictions and Substance Abuse
  • Cerebral Vascular Disease
  • Movement Disorders
  • Neural Development
  • Neurobiology
  • Neurogenetics
  • Sensory Processing

Genetics, Genomics, and Informatics

  • Pharmaco - and toxicogenetics - understanding individual differences in response to drugs and toxicants
  • Bioinformatics - integrating genetics, genomics and disease or other phenotypes
  • Human population genetics
  • Comparative genetics

Contact Us

College of Graduate
Health Sciences

920 Madison Ave
Suite 807
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901-448-7030
Fax: 901-448-5052

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