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Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology


“What matters more than gathering knowledge

about topics of current interest is building the

skills to learn what you will need in the future.

Our curriculum inherently stays in touch with

where science is, because the problems keep

moving as the science keeps moving.”

Steven J. Trizenberg, Ph.D.

Dean, Van Andel Institute Graduate School

THE INSTITUTE AT A GLANCE

EPIGENETICS • NEURODEGENERATION

CANCER • METABOLISM AND NUTRITION

STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY • BONE DISEASE

OUTSTANDING FACULTY,

EXTENSIVE SCIENTIFIC RESOURCES

37

3

3

3

2

Faculty

Members of the National

Academy of Sciences

Members of the American Association

for the Advancement of Science

Fellows of the American Association

for Cancer Research

Members of the American Academy

of Arts and Sciences

*Numbers current as of September 2019

FROM STUDENT TO SCIENTIST

Using an innovative, problem-based learning approach, graduate

students are trained to conduct high-caliber science and to

translate basic findings in cellular and molecular biology to clinical

applications, blending discovery with invention and insight with

application.

FOSTERING TOMORROW’S LEADERS

The Graduate School is committed to developing tomorrow’s

biomedical research leaders, not only through rigorous

scientific education, but also through the development of vital

professional skills such as leadership, ethics, responsible and

effective conduct of research, public speaking, and grant and

technical writing.

LEARNING FROM THE BEST

Thanks to a low student-faculty ratio, graduate students

receive extensive and thoughtful mentorship from the

Institute’s distinguished faculty, who have made significant

contributions to the scientific community.

5.3 YEARS ON AVERAGE

TIME-TO-DEGREE

A PROMISING FUTURE

Van Andel Institute Graduate School prepares students

to be successful scientific leaders. Alumni go on to

pursue work in various fields, including:.

Group leader

(research)

Faculty:

tenured/

tenure track

Clinical

services

Part-time

teaching

staff

7% 7%

7%

7%

7%

Healthcare

provider

13%

Science writing and

communication

20%

33%

Postdoctoral

Research staff or

technical director


PH.D. IN MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY

The Graduate School prepares students for

outstanding careers as independent scientists

who are not only experts in their area of study

but also in the business of science. Students

receive a rigorous educational foundation and

intense training in cutting-edge techniques and

approaches to basic and translational biology

that prepare them to tackle some of science’s

biggest questions. By the end of their time at

the Institute, students graduate not only with

a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology, but

also with the tools required to build a strong

career as a biomedical scientist and research

leader.

PHYSICIAN–SCIENTIST TRAINING

Van Andel Institute Graduate School is proud to

partner with Michigan State University College of

Human Medicine and Western Michigan University

Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine to develop

tomorrow’s physician–scientists through joint

M.D./Ph.D. programs. Van Andel Institute Graduate

School and its clinical partners also collaborate

on fellowship-Ph.D. programs that offer advanced

clinical and research training for physicians and

surgeons who are exceptionally well-fit for careers as

basic science and clinical research scholars.


A RIGOROUS AND SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT

The Graduate School resides within Van Andel Institute (VAI),

a world leader in cancer epigenetics and Parkinson’s disease

research. Through collaborations with academic, industry and

philanthropic partners, VAI orchestrates cutting-edge clinical trials

to change the standard of care for patients around the world.

Founded in 1996 by Jay and Betty Van Andel, the Institute is now

home to more than 400 scientists, educators and support staff

united by a common goal — to improve the health and enhance

the lives of current and future generations.

TUITION AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Students in the Graduate School’s doctoral program are supported

by institutional fellowships for five years, which include a generous

stipend and health, dental and vision insurance for the student

and their family. Students receive up to $2,000 per year to attend

scientific conferences. Tuition is waived for all Graduate School

students.

HOW TO APPLY

Van Andel Institute Graduate School is open to

qualified domestic and international applicants.

The application period opens in September and

closes in December for the following year’s fall cohort.

Learn more today by calling 616.234.5708

or emailing registrar@vai.org.

WHY GRAND RAPIDS?

Simply put, because it’s the best. But don’t

take our word for it — The New York Times

ranked Grand Rapids as one of its top places

to visit in 2016, and U.S. News ranked the

city 19 out of 100 best places to live in 2017.

Importantly, the Institute is located at the

epicenter of the Medical Mile, which includes

nationally recognized hospitals, universities

and research centers, putting students at

the heart of the city’s growing biomedical

research corridor.

Best Place to Buy a Home in 2018

Vogue Magazine

Top 10 Emerging Cities in the U.S.

Global Trade

Best Beer Town

USA Today

Best City for Raising a Family

Forbes.com

Second Most Secure Large City

in the U.S.

Farmers Insurance

15 U.S. Cities’ Emerging

Downtowns

Forbes.com


Van Andel Institute Graduate School

transforms talented and ambitious

graduate students into capable

problem solvers in frontier fields.


Contact us today to start your journey.

333 Bostwick Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

616.234.5708 | registrar@vai.org | vaigs.vai.org

Van Andel Institute @VAInstitute @vainstitute

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