Van Andel Institute - Graduate School

About Van Andel Institute - Graduate School

The Van Andel Institue (VAI) graduate school is a unique PhD program in cell, molecular, and genetic biology of human disease. This innovative problem-based learning curriculum leads students to a strong foundation in core concepts and experimental design by paralleling how scientists approach new research questions. Rotations in several several labs will expose students to different areas of research in preparation for choosing their own dissertation research project. Seminars and workshops provide professional development in scientific writing, grant proposals, oral presentations, financial and personnel management, conflict resolution, leadership, and team-building. Teaching experiences and time at local hospitals for clinical Grand Rounds or Tumor Board meetings can also enrich your experience. We are committed to improving the health and enhancing lives through disease research and science education. The main focus is on cancer research and neurodegenerative diseases but studies branch into other diseases as well. Visit for more information.


Summer Intern

May 2018 - August 2018 Grand Rapids, MI
“I was able to work in an education setting with a wide variety of ages (2-12 grade). I also had the chance to learn a different lesson plan format that VanAndel Education Institute uses and teaches to educators.”
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