Virginia Commonwealth University
NIGMS Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Program (IMSD)

This program provides a supportive environment, and funding for stipend, tuition and travel expenses for first and second year PhD students. The future of medicine depends on biomedical research and the new discoveries that research brings to disease mechanisms. However, disparities exist, not only in healthcare and disease but also in the researchers who push biomedicine forward.  The VCU IMSD program is intended to address this disparity by increasing the number of underrepresented minorities who pursue PhD level training in biomedical research.

For questions, contact one of the VCU IMSD program directors, Dr. Joyce Lloyd at or Dr. Hamid Akbarali at