Van Andel Institute Graduate School (VAIGS) offers an intense, uniquely focused PhD degree program in cell and molecular genetics. The PhD Program at VAIGS provides graduate students with a rigorous, problem-based curriculum combined with the opportunity to conduct ambitious and rewarding cutting-edge research in laboratories led by the Institute’s expert faculty. At VAIGS, we prepare students for productive careers in biomedical research and aim to train the scientific leaders of tomorrow. The program thrives within state-of-the-art LEED-certified facilities and the vibrant scientific community of Van Andel Research Institute, with access to world-class core technology support facilities and fruitful collaborations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and around the world. Grand Rapids is a beautiful and lively city that offers enrichment in culture, city life as well as nature and recreation.
VAIGS invites students from around the world to apply to our PhD Program. Admissions criteria include a strong foundation in genetics, cell and molecular biology, substantial prior research experience, and a passion for biomedical research to improve human health and well-being.
Areas of study include:
Cancer cell biology
Epigenetics and epigenomics in health and disease
Molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative disease
Key features of our PhD Program include:
Outstanding faculty and research cores
World-class laboratories and facilities
A curriculum centered on an innovative problem-based learning approach
Professional development skills, mentorship and networking
Low student to faculty ratio and time-to-degree
Fellowship support including stipend, benefits and conference budget for five years of study
The application deadline is December 1, 2017. Early application is recommended. Interviews will be held in early 2018.
VAIGS participates in the BioMedCAS admissions application system. BioMedCAS charges a $95 processing fee for the application to the first school and $45 for each additional school. To request a waiver of the processing fee for VAIGS, send an email to email@example.com.
Van Andel Institute (VAI) is an independent biomedical research and science education organization committed to improving the health and enhancing the lives of current and future generations. Established by Jay and Betty Van Andel in 1996 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, VAI has grown into a premier research and educational institution that supports the work of more than 300 scientists, educators and st...aff.
Van Andel Research Institute (VARI), the research division of VAI, is dedicated to determining the epigenetic, genetic, molecular and cellular origins of cancer, Parkinson’s and other diseases and translating those findings into effective therapies. The Institute’s scientists work in on-site laboratories and participate in collaborative partnerships that span the globe.