Overview

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, characterized reproductive patterns in James River sturgeon and investigated Barrier Island shrub dynamics.

Today, the complexity of any question in the life sciences requires a mastery of multiple disciplines. Managing and efficiently exploiting expanded realms of knowledge is the objective of the ILS Program and is inherent in the broad concepts of systems biology and biological complexity. Life scientists must now meld technological skills, information processing, modeling and systems organization in order to study biological phenomena. The courses and philosophy of the ILS Program reflect this need and are intended to equip students for future careers in modern biological sciences.

William B. Eggleston Jr.
Program Director, Ph.D. in Integrative Life Sciences Doctoral Program
Associate Professor, Biology
Virginia Commonwealth University
Trani Life Sciences Building
1000 West Cary Street, P.O. Box 842030
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2030
Phone: (804) 828-0799
Fax: (804) 828-0503
Email: weggles@vcu.edu