IPiB is a phenomenal training environment for biochemists. UW-Madison hosts one of the top five graduate programs in the United States for Biochemistry (U.S. News and World Report), and students in the IPiB program may select from a large number of faculty and research areas for study. IPiB faculty have made invaluable contributions to biology and chemistry, unlocking the secrets behind a diverse array of biological processes including plant flowering; protein structure; membrane trafficking and transport; vitamin and hormone action; signal transduction mechanisms; RNA processing; DNA replication, recombination and transcription; cell division and differentiation; viral replication and transcription; and animal development.
IPiB is designed to prepare students for successful careers in research, teaching, and science communication. Currently the IPiB program has nearly 100 graduate students conducting research in its laboratories. Interaction and collaboration with students, faculty, and staff of other programs and departments are widespread, representing a key feature for broad training on the UW campus.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison itself ranks in the top ten among public universities for receipt of federal research funds and has been listed among the top educational institutions in published reports since the early 1900s. The campus community of biological and biochemical scientists is one of the largest and most vital in the world. UW has many close ties with the booming biotechnology industry in the city of Madison.
With an estimated population of nearly 237,000, Madison, WI has the distinction of being annually ranked as one of the best U.S. cities in which to live. Built on an isthmus, Madison is surrounded by Lakes Mendota and Monona. In addition to being home to one of the top universities in the U.S., our capital city can boast a low cost-of-living, a low crime rate, and a superior public school system. Students will find reasonably priced housing, a superb public transportation system (grad students receive a free bus pass!), hundreds of miles of bike paths, art museums, performing arts groups, music venues, gourmet and ethnic restaurants, and numerous family-oriented activities and attractions. Weekends may be spent at Camp Randall or the Kohl Center (Go Badgers!) watching both men’s and women’s sporting events. Other favorite activities among our grads include ice skating at one of our many public parks; playing kickball on a team made up of grads, postdocs, and other colleagues; rock climbing at a local gym; sailing with the Hoofers (campus sports club); and spending time with family and friends at the Vilas Zoo (free admission). Additionally, many students find the time to travel to the nearby entertainment meccas of Milwaukee and Chicago, which are accesible by car (1.25hr and 3hr+ travel time, respectively) or by bus (2hr and 4hr travel time, respectively).