Students can earn a PhD Minor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Diabetes and Obesity Research Training Program at IU School of Medicine.

Diabetes and Obesity Training Program

The Diabetes and Obesity Research Training Program at IU School of Medicine was developed to increase the number of scientists conducting basic research relevant to diabetes and obesity in order to address the severe and growing impact of diabetes in the United States. This education program trains scientists to advance the understanding of the basis of diabetes and its complications, and thereby speed the discovery of more effective therapies.

Diabetes is a serious ailment linked to abnormalities in metabolism. Diabetes and its complications affect more than 20 million Americans with an annual cost in excess of $100 billion. Obesity in the United States has reached epidemic proportions which further increases the incidence of diabetes.

IU School of Medicine has a long history of excellence in diabetes research and has an NIH-funded training grant (T32) to support graduate students and postdoctoral fellows interested in training with faculty affiliated with the Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases. For further information, contact Ronald C. Wek or Carmella Evans-Molina. In addition, one student fellowship position is funded by a generous endowment from the estate of Virgil T. DeVault, MD.


Indiana University offers a 12 credit hour Minor in Diabetes and Obesity. Key requirements are the GRDM-G805 Diabetes and Obesity and GRDM-G505 Responsible Conduct of Research courses. For full details, see the Indiana University Graduate School Bulletin. Though available for any interested PhD student, this Minor is a requirement for students supported by the Diabetes and Obesity Training Program.

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