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Van Andel Institute

Molecular and Cellular Biology (PhD)

Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids, Michigan


Biomedical Research Leadership Starts Here!


Van Andel Institute Graduate School
333 Bostwick Ave. N.E.
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503, United States



Van Andel Institute Graduate School (VAIGS) is a small independent graduate school started in 2007 housed in a biomedical research institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan (3 hours from Chicago, 2 hours from Detroit). We only offer one program, a PhD in molecular and cellular biology, and we are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Our small problem-based program is designed for hands on learners interested in using the latest techniques across fields and disease areas including epigenetics, neurodegenerative disease, metabolism and nutritional programming, structural biology and cell biology. Our small cohorts of 12-15 students are excellent learning opportunities especially for students looking for a tight knit collaborative learning environment. Students are fully funded through their entire PhD program including a generous stipend of $36,000 annually, health/dental/vision insurance, new laptop and $2000/year travel allowance for scientific events. VAIGS also partners with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine to offer training in both clinical medicine and biomedical research, resulting in both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees.

Academic Fields
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
    Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other.
    Structural Biology.
    Oncology and Cancer Biology.
    Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology.
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    Doctoral, PhD , PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology

    Full Time


    PhD, Research, Primary Investigator, Biomedical, Genetics, Neurodegenerative disease, Cancer biology, Epigenetics, MD/PhD, Metabolism, Structural Biology, Parkinson's Research


    Van Andel Institute Graduate School looks for students with good character and high competence in skills important to a career in scientific research which include critical thinking, writing and public speaking. Ideal candidates also have a deep passion for understanding the mysteries of life and disease as well as a commitment to the improvement of health. Successful candidates have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. Typical preparation includes courses in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, physics and mathematics.
    Academic Backgrounds
      Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other.
      Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
      Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other.
      Biomedical Sciences, General.
      Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology.
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    Christy Mayo

    Director of Enrollment and Records