MSU is well-positioned to produce novel biomedical solutions. Why? We are one of the few universities in the country with three medical schools – College of Human Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

With IQ as the hub, the expertise found at our three medical schools, coupled with our College of Engineering, College of Nursing, and new computation department, provide the interdisciplinary strength to forge new territory in the field of biomedical research.

Research at IQ follows an integrative approach to interdisciplinary scholarship. Teams are built horizontally around thematic divisions, and vertically by the technologies they leverage to conduct their work.


There are nine divisions within the Institute that build on strengths at MSU and advance fields that cross disciplines. IQ faculty within a division have research interests that align with the aims of each of these divisions, however, the majority of the faculty work across disciplines and themes for an integrative approach. This thematic structure provides a general framework and generally describes the faculty within each division, but the objective of IQ is convergence in science. Perhaps the best way to think about these thematic areas is that the faculty in each division seek to break down the walls between them for an interactive and transdisciplinary approach to biomedical research.