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Located in beautiful Nashville TN, Vanderbilt University is a premier research facility that ranks among the top institutions in the country with a unique infrastructure that encourages collaboration.  The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP) in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences is a leading integrative biomedical graduate program, designed to foster diverse creative and analytical thinkers, geared to tackle the quickly evolving world of research and technology. As a union between 11 participating programs, the IGP provides a strong foundational jumping point for biomedical dissertation work. Beyond the lab, our Office of Career Development is nationally-recognized for its standard-setting professional development services in the biomedical and biological sciences.



Message from the Director

James G. Patton, Ph.D. 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 at Vanderbilt. We have created a program that is “everything for everybody”, providing 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, 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. We look forward to sharing the IGP with you.

-Dr. James Patton


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At Vanderbilt University, we hold the sincere belief that fostering the advancement of and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion of all students, faculty, and staff benefits all members of our community. To bring to life our vision of inclusive excellence, we are intentional about recruiting, retaining, and supporting diverse and underrepresented groups of students. We encourage individuals from all populations to apply to our graduate programs. The university does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, socio-economic background, or disability.