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The Biomedical Graduate Program Consortium at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is a group of graduate programs that work together to accommodate students’ individual academic and research interests. By entering one of the consortium’s degree programs, you will have the opportunity to conduct basic and translational research in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment while working with internationally recognized faculty. Participating programs include:

You will apply and be admitted to one of these four degree-granting programs. You have the flexibility to complete a laboratory rotation and/or elective courses from the consortium’s other programs, if you choose. It is also possible to change to a different degree-granting program early in your academic career.



You will complete three one-month rotations during your first semester. You may complete all rotations in laboratories associated with your degree-granting program or you may choose to complete one of your three rotations in a laboratory associated with another of the consortium’s programs. At the end of the first semester you will join one of these labs, where you will complete your doctoral research.


Each program has required courses tailored to students’ training needs. You may also choose electives from other programs and departments to ensure course breadth and depth. 


Students attend their program’s seminars and are also welcome to attend other programs’ seminars.

Financial Support

You will receive tuition remission and a competitive stipend, and are guaranteed support so long as you remain in good academic standing. Comprehensive health insurance is available at a minimal cost. 


Apply separately to each program of interest. The application fee allows you to apply to up to three programs. If you apply to more than one program in the consortium, the programs will consult with one another during the admissions process. If you are interested in coursework and/or a laboratory rotation in other consortium programs but you do not wish to apply to those programs, you may indicate these additional areas of interest on your application.

Faculty and Staff

Directors and Staff

  • Christopher Bradfield, PhD, Director, Biomedical Graduate Program Consortium

Program Directors

  • Anjon Audhya, PhD: Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Program
  • Ian Bird, PhD: Endocrinology – Reproductive Physiology Program
  • Christopher Bradfield, PhD: Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Program
  • Donata Oertel, PhD: Physiology Program

Student Services Coordinators

  • Kristin Cooper, MS: Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Program
  • Grace Jensen, MS: Endocrinology – Reproductive Physiology Program
  • Mark Marohl: Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Program
  • Shelley Maxted, MS: Physiology Program
Biomedical Graduate Program Consortium

Last updated: 08/31/2017
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