Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences

Director's Message

Welcome to the Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences (DGP) website. We welcome your interest in our program and are happy that you’ve taken time to learn about and consider it.

Why Choose the DGP?

Our innovative program, formally established in 1990, is designed with two goals in mind – to provide a structure for comprehensive, interdisciplinary training in modern biomedical sciences, and to allow graduate students maximum flexibility in choosing courses of study, research interests, and thesis advisers. The broad spectrum of research opportunities within the DGP serves students well – not only those who enter graduate school committed to a specific research field, but also those who begin with many potential interests.

Celebrated Faculty

More than 150 members of the research faculty participate as DGP preceptors. Their areas of research interest and expertise cover a broad range of modern biomedical sciences. These distinguished scientists are renowned for their research and publication records, their service on study sections and editorial boards, and the national and international conferences and symposia to which they are invited. Among the many awards and honors received by DGP faculty are Research Career Development Awards, MERIT Awards, Searle Scholar Awards, honorary degrees, and various national and international research honors.

Extraordinary Facilities

A high level of research funding and a strong commitment to expanding the research enterprise at Northwestern offers DGP students an outstanding environment in which to become successful, independent research scientists.

World-Class City

The DGP is based on Northwestern University’s Chicago campus, giving students a vibrant, metropolitan backdrop to their academic pursuits. Our city offers so much by way of culture, food, music, theater and more, making it a great place to live, as well as work and learn.

Thank you for your interest in our program. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

DGP Director Nick Cianciotto, PhD

Nick Cianciotto, PhD
DGP Director
Professor, Department of Microbiology-Immunology