Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Medical Biophysics

Interdisciplinary Program in Biomolecular Imaging and Biophysics

Director and Graduate Advisor: Professor Richard Day, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology, Van Nuys Medical Sciences Building, Room MS 333 (317) 274-2166

Degrees Offered: Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

General 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. Further information is available on the program website,

The ten School of Medicine biomedical science Ph.D. programs participate in the Indiana University School of Medicine BioMedical Gateway (IBMG) Program. The IBMG Program provides a shared first year experience for all School of Medicine biomedical science predoctoral (Ph.D. program) students. The first semester of study in the IBMG Program is built around core courses in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, and systems biology, and a laboratory research rotation. In the second semester, students have a choice of modular electives that match their interest, interactive study of research methods, professional skills, and scientific understanding, and two additional laboratory research rotations. Throughout the program, support and mentoring are strongly emphasized. Ultimately, this year of research exploration and laboratory rotations culminates in the student’s decision to join one of ten biomedical science Ph.D. degree programs.

Special Program Requirements (See also general University Graduate School requirements.)

Admission Requirements — The program requires a baccalaureate degree in science or mathematics with a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or higher.

Applying: — For more information about how to apply to the IBMG Program, please visit, or contact:
Monica Henry
IBMG Program Director
Indiana University School of Medicine—Graduate Division
Medical Science Building Room 207
635 North Barnhill Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5120
Phone: (317) 274-3441
Fax: (317) 278-5211

Master of Science in Biomolecular Imaging and Biophysics

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.

Thesis: required.

Final Examination: Comprehensive oral examination.

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