IQ has opportunities for graduate students ranging from neuroscience and biomedical engineering, to solving real-world problems through evolution.

We are training the next generation of biomedical engineers to think not just about the biology and the foundation of the problem, but also an engineering solution.

Graduate students partnering with IQ will conduct research that will change the way the world thinks about healthcare. We aim to develop new technologies that will focus on precision health, such as diagnosing and treating diseases sooner with wearable technologies. Graduate students will play a key role in developing these new tools and technology.

Biomedical Engineering

Michigan State University is a leader in interdisciplinary biomedical research. We have an emerging graduate program in biomedical engineering that will train the next generation of biomedical engineers to think about the biology, the foundation of the problem, and also an engineering solution.

Biomedical engineering is the application of engineering principles and design concepts to advance healthcare practices, including medical diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring. It explores the intersection of medicine, human biology, and engineering research, design and practice. Biomedical engineers serve society by developing new methods to understand, diagnose and treat illness and injury – in the classroom, in the laboratory, and in the clinic.

The Biomedical Engineering Department at MSU offers Ph.D. and Master’s graduate programs.  A wide range of course offerings and research activities allows an individual program to be designed to fit the background, capabilities, and goals of the student.


MSU’s Neuroscience Program prepares students through education, research and professional development for successful careers in neuroscience or neuroscience-related fields. The interdisciplinary program is comprised of more than 70 faculty members with appointments in 18 departments and five colleges, including MSU’s three medical schools – College of Human Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Veterinary Medicine.


BEACON, a National Science Foundation Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, approaches evolution in an innovative way. The center brings together biologists, computer scientists, and engineers to study evolution as it happens and apply this knowledge to solve real-world problems. BEACON is harnessing the power of evolution to engineer better solutions to real problems.

At BEACON, graduate students are offered interdisciplinary training in biological and computational evolution.

Biomolecular Science

The BioMolecular Science Gateway offers admission to six graduate programs: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Physiology. While earning their Ph.D. (the BMS does not accept Masters students), the students have access to training in over 150 research laboratories in the fields of biochemistry, cancer, cell biology, genomics, genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, pharmacology, toxicology, physiology, plant molecular biology, structural biology, and virology.

Students rotate through the laboratories of potential Ph.D. mentors and take coursework appropriate to their disciplinary interests. In the spring semester of the first year, students have the opportunity to select the Ph.D. program that aligns most closely with their educational goals.

For more information on other graduate programs at MSU, visit The Graduate School.