We develop future leaders in biomedical research through an intense problem-focused Ph.D. degree in cellular, molecular and genetic biology.

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From student to scientist

VAIGS trains today’s students to be tomorrow’s scientific leaders through an innovative, scientifically rigorous and inquiry-based Ph.D. program in cell and molecular genetics.

Welcome from Dean Triezenberg

A message from Dr. Steven Triezenberg, President and Dean of Van Andel Institute Graduate School.


By combining rigorous, inquiry-based coursework with extensive hands-on experience in laboratories, VAIGS prepares students for productive careers in biomedical research and beyond.

Distinguished faculty

Our faculty is primarily made up of VARI investigators, each of whom have a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent academic degree and a distinguished record of scholarship and contributions to the scientific community.

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