The GEMS program provides PhD training to intellectually curious and diligent individuals interested in research in any area of the biomedical sciences. Our mission is to develop skills, knowledge, and expertise during a trainee’s education, enabling graduates to pursue biomedical research related careers.

GEMS is the PhD granting program for the UI College of Medicine. The program has more than 120 faculty members at UIC and has trained more than 350 students since its inception in 2003. Faculty members and scientific areas of training are organized within the GEMS umbrella via six Research Concentrations:

Cancer Biology

Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

Integrative and Translational Physiology

Microbiology Immunity and Inflammation

Molecular Genetics and Biology


GEMS works with the Office of Graduate Diversity Programs a to cultivate opportunities for diverse groups of students. We encourage students from all backgrounds with records of exceptional achievement to apply. UIC does not discriminate on the basis of nationality, race, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, or disability.

GEMS Points of Pride:

  • Innovative interdisciplinary biomedical sciences curriculum with six research concentrations
  • Prestigious Carnegie R1 research institution
  • Over $190 million dollars awarded in research grants and sponsored program funding