Integrative Biology Ph.D. Program

About the Integrative Biology Program

The Integrative Biology Graduate Program promotes cross-disciplinary research with the goal of training students to become independent investigators and leaders in biological and biomedical sciences. Their research focuses on the molecular and cellular basis of integrated biological systems, including cells, tissues and whole animals, under physiological and pathological conditions in world-class laboratories.

The program has more than 70 internationally recognized faculty in basic and clinical sciences and students benefit from the strong tradition of interdisciplinary training at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

The Integrative Biology Graduate Program offers the most diverse exposure to different aspects of biological and biomedical sciences at Southwestern. Major areas of investigation in the Integrative Biology Graduate Program include:

  • Molecular mechanisms of diseases
  • Metabolism and metabolic diseases
  • Gene expression and regulation
  • Regulation of cardiovascular, renal, liver functions
  • Stem cell biology
  • Cancer, cell cycle and growth control
  • Mechanisms of behavior
  • Carbohydrate and lipid metabolism
  • Cell signaling
  • Neuronal functions and neurological diseases
  • Structural and computational biology
  • Immunology

Students interested in joining the Integrative Biology Ph.D. program should apply to the interdisciplinary umbrella program within the Division of Basic Science. First-year students complete a core curriculum that includes a core course, three or four laboratory rotations, and training in the responsible conduct of research. Students who perform satisfactorily in the first semester core course are qualified to enter the Integrative Biology Graduate Program.

A Message from the Program Chair

Yi Liu, Ph.D.
Yi Liu, Ph.D.

Yi Liu, Ph.D.
Professor, Physiology
Graduate School: Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1995
Postdoctoral Training: Dartmouth Medical School

Our program has a strong emphasis on physiological processes and human diseases, but our biggest strength is the diversity of research of our students, ranging from metabolism, development, neuroscience, behavior, and cancer to immunological and biophysical studies.