The Integrative Life Sciences (ILS) Doctoral Program is a unique, flexible, interdisciplinary program designed for the student who seeks new ways to answer emerging research questions. While still centered on a core academic curriculum, this program offers opportunities to draw from the varied disciplines that comprise VCU Life Sciences. For instance, students in this program have identified genes associated with aging in yeast, reproductive patterns in James River sturgeon and Barrier Island shrub dynamics.

Today, the complex nature of any field in life sciences requires successful scientists to understand many topics beyond what was required in a Ph.D. program 20 years ago. Mastering this expanded realm of knowledge, inherent in the broad concepts of systems biology and biological complexity, is the objective of the ILS program. Technological skills, information processing, modeling and systems organization are necessary for anyone studying biological phenomena. The research and courses reflect this need and are offered to students to equip them for future careers in modern biological sciences.

Robert M. Tombes
Program Director, Ph.D. in Integrative Life Sciences
Professor, Biology, Biochemistry & Massey Cancer Center
Virginia Commonwealth University
Life Sciences Building
1000 West Cary Street
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2012
Phone: (804) 828-1562
Fax: (804) 828-0503
E-mail: rtombes@vcu.edu

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