PhD Student Research Training Program


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Loma Linda University IMSD Program Overview

Loma Linda University's Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) is an NIH funded year-round educational graduate training program that provides full support (tuition and stipend) for PhD and MD/PhD students enrolled in the LLU biomedical sciences graduate program.

The goal of the program is to strengthen graduate education by increasing diversity among students graduating with a PhD degree in a biomedical/behavioral discipline at LLU.  The IMSD graduate training program is supported by an R25 educational training award to Loma Linda University from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). This NIH award has been instrumental in establishing a comprehensive research-training program within the basic science departments of LLU School of Medicine.

The IMSD program has supported dozens of PhD graduate students at LLU since its foundation in 2001. Today, a number of program graduates are leading the way as faculty or scientists in academia, industry and government working to eliminate health disparities.


IMSD Program Overview


IMSD fellows participate in specialized enrichment activities that complement and enhance their graduate experience.  These include:

  • Guidance and support in publishing peer-reviewed research articles
  • Seminars on health disparities and biomedical research topics
  • One-on-One mentoring from outstanding scientists
  • Networking with other program participants, physicians and health professionals

Learn more about our PhD/MDPhD research program and how it can help you further your graduate studies and advance your academic research goals.