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Biomolecular Imaging and Biophysics
School of Medicine

Departmental E-mail: bioimage [at] iupui [dot] edu

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Degrees Offered

Master of Science in Medical Biophysics and Doctor of Philosophy

Program Information

The interdisciplinary program offers graduate research training that leads to the Ph.D. in Biomolecular Imaging and Biophysics and is designed to train talented students in the use of imaging techniques to study biological processes from the molecular to the cellular level. Core courses in the fundamentals of biomedical science are complemented by courses teaching specialized knowledge in the physical basis of cell and molecular imaging. The interdisciplinary nature of the program allows students to choose from faculty research mentors in a variety of departments in the School of Medicine and other schools on the Indianapolis campus who have a wide range of expertise in biomedical and physical science. Detailed descriptions of faculty research interests are available.

Special Program Requirements

(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)

Admission Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, biology, biophysics, chem­istry, mathematics, physics, or an equivalent major-with a e.0 undergraduate GPA or higher. Graduate Record Examination scores on both the General Test and a Subject Test are required as a part of the application.

Master of Science Degree

Course Requirements

At least 30 credit hours, of which 20 credit hours must be in biophysics, including 7 credit hours in research; remaining credit hours in related courses.



Final Examination

Comprehensive oral examination.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Course Requirements

A total of 90 credit hours, with a minimum of 36 credit hours in course work (including those for the IBMG core). Required core courses include G733 Introduction to Biological Microscopy, G734 Theory and Principles of Optical Microscopy, G613 Image Processing for Biological and Biomedical Applications, and G614 Methods in Biological Optical Microscopy.  Additional elective courses are determined by the advisory committee in discussion with the student and selected from a list compiled by the faculty. (See list of courses below.)


A minimum of 12 credit hours in course work in a departmental minor or an interdepartmental minor in physical science or in cellular and molecular biology.

Qualifying Examination

Written and oral.

Research Proposal

A dissertation research proposal is required.

Final Examination

Oral defense of the dissertation.

Other Provisions

Three research rotations, each a brief project in a preceptor’s laboratory, before an advisor is chosen. Presentation of three seminars during graduate study.

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