PhD Program


The Ph.D. program in Medical and Molecular Genetics provides outstanding training to students who wish to pursue a career in research and/or service in mammalian genetics. The 28 faculty members with primary appointments and the over 45 faculty with secondary and adjunct appointments provide a wide range of research opportunities in the rapidly changing field of human genetics.

The requirements for graduation include completion of coursework, successful performance on the department qualifying examination, defend a research proposal, conduct an original research project, and defense of the thesis. Graduates from the program are knowledgeable in the spectrum of medical genetics and will receive specific courses in molecular biology, cytogenetics and population genetics. Unique to our program, students participate in medical genetics clinics to facilitate an understanding of the bench to bedside approach to medical science.

Students enter the Ph.D. program through the Indiana University School of Medicine BioMedical Gateway (IBMG) Program that provides a shared first year experience for all School of Medicine biomedical science Ph.D. students. Students will have the freedom to explore research areas through three rotations in laboratories across programs and choose entry into any of the ten Ph.D. programs at the conclusion of the first academic year. The open enrollment system enhances the community of graduate students by offering a shared collaborative culture; a vital component of today's inter-disciplinary nature of biomedical science research. Information on the gateway program can be found at the IU School of Medicine Graduate Division Website.


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Financial Aid

Students will receive competitive stipends, tuition scholarships, and health insurance.

Contact Information:

Brittney-Shea Herbert, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Director
Department of Medical & Molecular Genetics
Indiana University School of Medicine
975 W. Walnut Street, IB-130
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5251

975 West Walnut Street | Medical Research and Library Building, IB 130 | Indianapolis, IN 46202 | (317) 944-3966