The Integrative Biology Graduate Program fosters training in research areas focused on understanding the molecular and cellular basis of integrated biological systems. The Integrative Biology Graduate Program (IBGP) promotes effective cross-disciplinary research involving approximately sixty faculty members in basic science and clinical departments with the goal of training students for careers as independent investigators. Some areas of research interests in this program include response and adaptation to physiological (exercise, microgravity, and pregnancy), and pathological (hypertension inflammatory and immune diseases, diabetes, sepsis, and cancer) stresses. Specific areas of investigation address cell-cell signaling, including the basis of fertilization, exocrine secretion, renal tubular transport, gene regulation in development and differentiation, regulation of cardiovascular function and metabolism, regulation of muscle contraction and protein turnover, sensory regulation of behavior, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, and tumor biology.