IBGS plays a vital role in integrating the training missions of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and School of Medicine (SoM) by facilitating teaching in both units, by exposing students to current advances in biomedical sciences, and by facilitating the efforts of CAS departments to provide undergraduates with research experiences in SoM laboratories. IBGS program faculty performing cutting-edge research at the interface of the SoM and CAS encourages scientific cross-fertilization while providing outstanding teaching and training opportunities for students at all levels.


UNC provides a wonderful environment for undergraduates to begin experiencing the excitement of basic and translational research. Many IBGS laboratories host UNC undergraduate students who earn course credit for their research during the semester as well as summer students who come to Chapel Hill from across the country and internationally. You can learn more from the Department of Biology, the Department of Chemistry, and the Office of Undergraduate Research.


Graduate students form the backbone of IBGS research program, and UNC provides one of the most expansive and supportive PhD training environments in the world. Doctoral students are admitted through and umbrella-style recruitment and first year training program that allows access to IBGS laboratories and the opportunity to train in one of 14 different biological and biomedical PhD programs at UNC. You can learn more about this program, including how to apply, here.


UNC has a well-organized community of postdoctoral fellows supported by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and several postdoctoral fellowship opportunities, particularly those offered by the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. All IBGS laboratories welcome postdoctoral research fellows – contact individual principal investigators to explore these opportunities.

Training Activities

IBGS supports the Developmental & Stem Cell Biology Club in which students and postdocs present their research. These presentations occur Mondays at 4 p.m. The Club also organized a Symposium of internationally-renowned developmental biologists. Visit the Developmental & Stem Cell Biology Club website to learn more.