Gordon Center Pipes

The Institute has developed and is continuing to develop cross-disciplinary educational programs for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral researchers. These programs reflect the University of Chicago's commitment to produce scholars who seek to understand phenomena irrespective of disciplinary boundaries or traditional constraints.

Graduate Program

The Institute has initiated a Graduate Program in Biophysical Sciences leading to a Ph.D. in Biophysical Sciences, a degree conferred by the Physical Sciences and Biological Sciences Divisions. The program, one of ten selected for initial support by Howard Hughes Medical Institute, aims to transcend traditional boundaries and train a new generation of exceptional young scientists versed in both the physical and biological sciences. A precursor to the graduate program in Graduate Program in Biophysical Sciences was the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Cross-Disciplinary Training Program in Biophysical Dynamics and Biocomplexity (Stephen Kron, MD/PhD and Norbert F. Scherer, PhD, Co-Directors). The Graduate Program in Biophysical Sciences is currently funded through training grant support from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Graduate Program in Biophysical Sciences
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Interfaces in Science
Howard Hughes Medical Institute News Article

Undergraduate Programs

The IBD Scholars Program supports mentored research in the labs of Institute faculty during the summmer.

The Beckman Scholars Program supports interdisciplinary research by students in The College.

PostDoctoral Program

The Institute invites applications for the Institute's Yen Fellowship. This fellowship is for recent Ph.D. graduates and seeks to support outstanding individuals to undertake interdisciplinary research in the area of subcellular transport of macromolecules, using a combination of biophysical, genetic, computational, biochemical and cell biological tools.  Yen Fellows are given considerable latitude in defining their research direction and will conduct their research in the laboratories of Institute faculty. A description of the Institute faculty and their research interests can be found at _
We encourage applicants to contact Institute faculty directly about potential projects.

Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, three reference letters and a short research proposal to 

The endowed Yen Fellows Program has been established to attract postdoctoral level researchers who will be associated with one or more IBD faculty but have the freedom to conduct research independently. This program is supported by the endowment of a gift from U of C Chemistry Department alumnus Yung-Tsai Yen, PhD '75, and his wife Ho-Tzu.