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
EXTENSIVE SCIENTIFIC RESOURCES
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
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
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
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:.
Science writing and
Research staff or
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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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
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