The Graduate Education in Medical Sciences (GEMS) Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago Program offers students integrated training in the biomedical sciences, leading to the Ph.D. degree.

The GEMS Program is centered in the large health science campus where investigator collaborations among basic and clinical scientists are fostered. The GEMS Program is designed to provide students with the intellectual and technical skills needed to ensure success as rigorous independent research scientists.

Graduate programs include the areas of Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Cell & Molecular Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Neurosciences, Pathology, Pharmacology and Physiology. Students have the flexibility to choose a mentor from among more than 150 funded research faculty in all departments and PhD programs of the College of Medicine. Areas of research excellence within the broader disciplines include Cancer; Development; Gene Regulation; Host-Pathogen Biology; Lung Biology; Molecular and Integrated Cardiac and Vascular Biology; Proteomics, Genomics & Bioinformatics; Reproductive Biology; Signal Transduction; and Virology.

A University of Illinois approved Ph.D. concentration in cardiovascular sciences is also available for graduate students across multiple departments and within GEMS to provide training in CCVR laboratories toward a degree conferred with this concentration. Learn more at Ph.D. Concentration in CVS.