Curriculum & Rotations

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As a first year IBMG Program student, you will take a shared curriculum with core first semester components:

Fall Semester (year 1)

You will have the opportunity to explore research areas through three 8-week (1 during the second half of the first semester and 2 during the second semester) rotations in hundreds of world-class research laboratories associated with the School of Medicine Ph.D. programs and many research centers and institutes.

Before choosing your first rotation laboratory, you will learn about the research opportunities available at the School of Medicine through the mandatory Introduction to Programs series during the fall semester, interactions with the Ph.D. Program Directors and graduate research faculty in meetings, laboratory visits, program research retreats and open days.

Emphasis is placed on the advising and mentoring of all first year students.

Spring Semester (year 1)

In the second semester, you will select courses consistent with your likely Ph.D. program(s) from a modular curriculum. Students choose from the following table of modular courses.

Students take 2 credits from each column for total of 6 credits.

First third of semester

Second third of semester

Last third of semester

G718 Research in Biomedical Science Rotation 2 (2 cr)

G718 Research in Biomedical Science Rotation 3 (2 cr)

G655 Research Communication Seminar (1 cr)

Each block below is one credit. Students take 2 credits from each (~5 wk) column for a total of 6 credits.

G724 Molecular Cancer Genetics

G852 Concepts of Cancer Biology (2 cr)

G749 Introduction to Structural Biology


G807 Structural and Chemical Biology (2 cr)

G725 Gene Therapy

G817 Molecular Basis of Cell Structure and Function (2 cr)

G729 Introduction to Immunological Systems


G728 Fundamental Concepts of Infection and Pathogenesis

G726 Developmental Genetics

G727 Animal Models of Human Disease

G751 Advanced Concepts in Cytosolic and Nuclear Signal Transduction (2 cr)

G737 Introduction to Histology

G733 Introduction to Biological Microscopy (2 cr) 
G736 Endocrine and
Gastrointestinal Function
in Health and Disease
G735 Cardiovascular, Renal and Respiratory Function
in Health and Disease
 (2 cr)


G720 Stem Cell Biology (2cr)

G743 Fundamentals of Electrical Signaling and Ion Channel Biology (2 cr)

G745 Fundamentals of Intracellular Signal Transduction in Neurons (2 cr)

G744 Neuropharmacology of Synaptic Transmission: Receptors and Ligands (2 cr)

G747 Principles of Pharmacology


G761 - Molecular & Cellular Physiology of Ion Channels

G748 Principles of Toxicology 1

G754 Principles of Toxicology 2

G755 Principles of Toxicology 3

At the end of the first year, laboratory assignments will be made and you will then join the biomedical science Ph.D. degree program of your choosing.  You will then perform your research project and complete the requirements of your degree program.

In the fall of the second year, all IBMG students take a research ethics course and an experimental design/biostatistics course.

Fall Semester (year 2)

Note: When registering for a course, please note that all courses that begin with "G" above are in the GRDM department code (Graduate Medicine).

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