Integrated Biomedical Sciences

An Interdisciplinary Ph.D.


The Integrated Biomedical Sciences  (IBMS) program is a cross-departmental Ph.D. program for research and training in a range of fields in the biomedical sciences. Scientists across the campus, representing more than 50 different research groups, are organized into eight thematic research and training clusters that offer students the opportunity to engage in cutting-edge biomedical research that transcends traditional departmental and disciplinary boundaries. The scale of research represented in the clusters ranges from the molecular to the organismic:

  • Biophysics & Structural Biology
  • Genomics & Proteomics
  • Cancer Biology
  • Immunology & Infectious Diseases
  • Chemical Biology & Molecular Pharmacology
  • Computational Biology & Bioinformatics
  • Cellular & Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience

The research and training clusters are a key component of the IBMS program, as they organize faculty members and their laboratories around shared interests, promoting interactions with other laboratories and encouraging networking and collaboration. The clusters reflect the diverse areas of research excellence at the University of Notre Dame. The majority of laboratories participate in more than one cluster, underscoring the interdisciplinary nature of biomedical science at Notre Dame.

Students in the IBMS program have access to Notre Dame’s vast resources and outstanding research facilities—including more than 50 participating laboratories—as well as those at Indiana University School of Medicine–South Bend.


Holly Goodson
Director, IBMS Program
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
(574) 631-8512