The Interfaces Program



The Interfaces Program in Biomedical Imaging and Informational Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania was established under the auspices of a partnership between the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) to catalyze development of innovative new programs in interdisciplinary graduate education. The program’s objective is to build on the world-class imaging research environment at Penn to develop a cadre of scientists with the knowledge and vertically integrated set of skills to conduct research at the interface between clinically-relevant imaging and the biomedical, physical, chemical, engineering, and computational sciences.

The specific interdisciplinary candidate the program seeks to train is the exceptional individual with both the potential and motivation in becoming part of the next generation of leaders in hypothesis driven, clinically focused, quantitative biomedical imaging research.

The program takes a broad view of what qualifies as topics or areas of interest for imaging thesis research. Students in the program have the ability to work with any faculty member across Penn’s campus. Program leadership works individually with each trainee to identify candidate thesis mentors. A diverse set of departments is represented among active program faculty.To make a significant impact on public health, the program integrates quantitative and technical training with a systematic and immersive exposure to biomedical and health sciences through concurrent coursework in medicine and imaging sciences, taught by faculty from the Schools of Medicine, Engineering and Arts and Sciences. Interfaces scholars graduate with fluency in the language and culture of medicine critical to their development not only as independent, productive research scientists in translational imaging but as leaders in multi- and inter-disciplinary teams.

Individuals who successfully matriculate into the program will be awarded a 2-year fellowship that covers the didactic training portion of their graduate studies, in addition to gaining access to many other opportunities, including:

  • Participation in a cohort. Each cohort is encouraged to help each other through the rigorous coursework in a non-competitive environment.
  • Receptions and other events to meet imaging faculty across the campus in multiple disciplines.
  • Ongoing professional development workshops and events specifically designed for Interfaces program students, including networking opportunities.
  • Travel and training materials funds.
  • Unlimited access to program leadership.

Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in translational-oriented biomedical imaging research and possess a track record that demonstrates ability to handle the program’s intensive training and meet performance expectations. For more information, please visit our application and contact information pages.