THE MISSION of the one-year QSB program is to train students in quantitative and systems biology approaches and techniques that will enable them to succeed in top Ph.D. and M.D. programs or directly enter research careers in industry or academia. 

There is a tremendous demand for quantitative and computational skills to tackle “Big Data” and to employ systems approaches in biomedical research and personalized medicine ... are you ready? 

The QSB program is ideal for students who:

  • Have deferred Ph.D. starts because of COVID-19
  • Want to improve their skills and credentials for Ph.D. applications
  • Want to enter biomedical research at an advanced level

The QSB program provides intensive research and course-based training that equips students with the skills to enter industry or graduate programs at a higher level.

Fall 2020 Application timeline (UPDATED - APPLICATIONS OPEN)

  • December 1, 2019: Applications open
  • February 1, 2020: Application review and rolling admissions begin
  • July 16, 2020: Applications close (deadline extended due to COVID-19, but since thesis lab assignments are determined on a first-come, first-serve basis earlier applicants have more opportunities

As of May 8th, 2020 there are openings in thesis lab that specialize in:

  • Computational analysis of complex systems
  • NGS and statistical genetics
  • Control of chromatin organization
  • Single molecule analysis

COVID-19 Accommodations

  • If a student cannot travel to Northwestern for any reason to start the program on September 1, they will be able to start remotely and travel to Northwestern when possible.
  • If classes cannot start in person on September 1, 2020, all courses will begin online.

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