About Us

The Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (IMBS), which was formerly known as the Interdepartmental Program in Cell and Molecular Biology, offers a multidisciplinary environment that provides the brightest and most ambitious students with skills needed to become leaders in diverse scientific disciplines.

Excellent Curriculum

We ensure that the Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Sciences Program at Baylor College of Medicine excels by offering:


  • Students receive a competitive stipend, health and dental insurance. Students do not pay tuition.
  • The stipend of $29,000 for academic year 2015/16 will increase to $30,000 in academic year 2016/17, $31,000 in academic year 2017/18, and $32,000 in academic year 2018/19.
  • Dean's Award for Excellence provides an additional $3,000 to students who obtain a nationally competitive fellowship
  • $500 awards given to top performing students each year
  • Students regularly win awards including the Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award and nationally competitive fellowships
  • Small class size allows one-on-one interactions with some of the nation’s top scientists
  • The program has more than 115 internationally recognized faculty, including members of the National Academy of Sciences, investigators in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and recipients of prestigious awards
  • IMBS students can join a Cancer Biology Track or a Biology of Aging Track, which provide opportunities to integrate basic research findings with a clinical perspective
  • Challenging coursework during the first year
  • Great labs from which to choose a thesis lab
  • Supervision and support throughout thesis research