Welcome!

The Vanderbilt University Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP) is a leading integrative biomedical graduate program, designed to foster well-rounded science leaders. Since its inception in 1992, the IGP has provided comprehensive training for our students, bridging traditional biomedical fields. Our students learn how to be creative and analytical thinkers, geared to tackle the quickly evolving world of research and technology.

As a union between 11 participating programs (listed to the right), the IGP provides a strong foundational jumping point for biomedical dissertation work. Students take one semester of core coursework and one semester of specialized electives while rotating through four laboratories of their choosing. At the end of this first year, students select their dissertation lab and select one of our participating training programs to continue their graduate education.

With a unique infrastructure that encourages collaboration, Vanderbilt University is a premier research facility that ranks among the top institutions in the country. Finally, Vanderbilt is located in beautiful Nashville, TN, a quickly-growing city known for its vibrant culture and affordable cost of living.

Welcome message from the Director

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James G. Patton, Ph.D.

I think Vanderbilt would be the best place for you to do your graduate training!

 

Welcome to the Vanderbilt IGP website. I am glad that you are here to learn about our Ph.D graduate program and the outstanding opportunities here at Vanderbilt. As I hope you will come to see by navigating our website, we have created a program that is “everything for everybody”, meaning that it provides a rigorous foundation in biomedical training while proving flexibility for specialization in your chosen areas of study. Whether you come in with more broad interests or a specific dissertation question in mind, you will find the perfect home in the IGP.

More broadly speaking, Vanderbilt is the best place for you to do your graduate training. Not only do we have some of the best research scientists, but we also have world-class support for your dissertation work and career development. As you get to know the IGP program, I promise you won’t be disappointed. We look forward to getting to know you too!