2023-2024 CATALOG

The Academic Catalog is the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies and degree requirements for Loyola University Chicago. It is published every year in advance of the next academic year.

Cell and Molecular Physiology (MD/PhD)

Physiology is the study of the function of living organisms. The PhD in Cellular and Molecular Physiology trains students to acquire, analyze and integrate data obtained from their basic research into a physiological context to understand the molecular basis of cell function and dysfunction within the organism. With cardiovascular research and neurosciences & metabolism as main research topics, students receive a solid integrated training in basic medical sciences including biochemistry, biophysics, cell biology, molecular biology, physiology and pathophysiology.

MD/PHD at Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine offers a program designed for exceptional students to earn both an MD and a PhD degree, in preparation for a career in academic medicine. The program is flexible, individually tailored, and provides an opportunity to work concurrently toward an MD and a PhD degree in one of the six academic tracks available to Integrated Program in Biomedical Science (IPBS) PhD students:

  • Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cancer Biology
  • Cell and Molecular Physiology
  • Integrative Cell Biology
  • Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Neuroscience

Ideal candidates for this program should demonstrate a strong interest in and exceptional motivation toward research. Our MD/PhD candidates undergo a challenging and excellent research training experience tailored to the interests and goals of each student. Students actively participate in presenting their respective research and/or clinical work at appointed monthly MD/PhD meetings.

The MD/PhD Program benefits from all the biomedical science disciplines of the Graduate School located at Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Campus. Their teaching programs are integrated with those of the medical school. The PhD degree may be earned in any of the academic tracks listed for the IPBS.The ultimate goal is for the student to achieve both degrees in seven to eight years, depending on the student’s goals, background, workload, and specific course schedule.