Thomas Harriot College of arts and sciences
Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences (IDPBS)

General Information

Participants in this interdisciplinary program consist of the Departments of Biology and Chemistry of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, and the Brody School of Medicine. Students participate in a common core curriculum and subsequently pursue a concentration in their chosen field of study. Each IDPBS student is formally affiliated with one of the three units, and their research is centered in Biomedical Science, Biology, or Chemistry.

The concentration in Biomedical Science combines the former Experimental Pathology program with other research programs and clinical departments of the Brody School of Medicine.  The Biomedical Science concentration has research opportunities in cancer biology, cell physiology, immunology, reproductive endocrinology, muscle biochemistry, and the biology of bacterial and viral pathogens.

Biology's concentration has Experimental Biology as its primary focus.  This concentration is designed to provide interdisciplinary doctoral training in molecular genetics, cell and developmental biology, biochemistry, ecology, physiology, systematics and evolution. Students in this program will receive broad exposure to topics that range across all the life sciences disciplines.

Chemistry's concentration is designed to provide doctoral education at the interface between chemistry and biology.  Students in this program will receive broad exposure to topics in chemistry and other biological sciences.  The department has expertise in both the experimental and computational methodologies used to investigate synthesis, structure, function, reaction mechanisms and molecular dynamics of biologically important macromolecules.

Additional information concerning the research opportunities Biology can be found at (, for Chemistry at ( and Biomedicine.

IDPBS program concentration directors are Dr. Li Yang ( for Biomedicine, Dr. Xiaoing Pan ( for Biology, and Dr. Frank Yang ( for Chemistry.

The Director of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences is Dr. Xiaoing Pan.