Exceptional science, outstanding education

Van Andel Institute Graduate School (VAIGS) develops future leaders in biomedical research through an intense, problem-focused Ph.D. degree in molecular and cellular biology. By combining rigorous, inquiry-based coursework with extensive experience in laboratories led by the Institute’s expert faculty, VAIGS prepares students for productive careers in biomedical research and beyond. The Graduate School thrives within the state-of-the-art facilities of Van Andel Research Institute, with access to extensive core technology support and the resources of collaborators in Grand Rapids, Michigan and around the country.

From student to scientist

Using an innovative, problem-based learning approach, VAIGS graduate students are trained to conduct high-caliber science and to translate basic findings in cellular, molecular, and epigenetic biology to clinical approaches, blending discovery with invention and insight with application.

Fostering tomorrow’s leaders

VAIGS is committed to developing tomorrow’s scientific leaders, not only through a rigorous scientific education but also through the development of vital professional skills such as leadership, ethics, responsible and effective conduct of research, public speaking, and grant and technical writing.

Mentorship and networking

Thanks to a low student: faculty ratio, VAIGS students receive extensive and thoughtful mentorship from the Institute’s distinguished faculty, who have made significant contributions to the scientific community. Students also meet with esteemed speakers from around the world as part of the Institute’s seminar series and scientific symposia.

Van Andel Institute Graduate School is a member of the Cancer Biology Training Consortium (CABTRAC)