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Van Andel Institute Graduate School (VAIGS)

Van Andel Institute Graduate School (VAIGS) develops future leaders in biomedical research through an intense, problem-focused Ph.D. degree in cell and molecular genetics. By combining rigorous, inquiry-based coursework with extensive experience in laboratories led by the Institute’s expert faculty, VAIGS prepares students for productive careers in biomedical research and beyond.

PhD Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



Jay and Betty Van Andel founded Van Andel Institute (VAI) in 1996. Their vision was to build an independent institute that would embrace novel approaches to biomedical research and science education, and develop a network of collaborations with organizations stretching from West Michigan to every corner of the world.


The Graduate School thrives within the state-of-the-art facilities of Van Andel Research Institute, with access to extensive core technology support and the resources of collaborators in Grand Rapids, Michigan and around the country.


Student services

Van Andel Institute (VAI) welcomes passionate, talented scholars and students from all over the world to join our mission of improving the health and enhancing the lives of future generations.

Housing services

Simply put, because it’s the best. But don’t take our word for it — US News and World Report named Grand Rapids #19 on its “100 Best Places to Live in the US” for its “healthy job market, affordable housing, and outdoor recreational activities” and Vogue Magazine listed Grand Rapids as one of the top places to buy a home in 2018 (see a full list of Grand Rapids rankings, here). Whether you’re in search of a beach, a craft brew, unique cuisine or the world’s biggest art competition, Grand Rapids and West Michigan have something for everyone.

Medical services

Three PPO plans with prescription coverage options are offered which allow you to choose the plan that best serves the needs of your family. Employees can choose between a pre-tax, minimal contribution plan option or a no cost contribution plan option.

Student Life

Sports facilities

West Michigan is the perfect place for anyone interested in enjoying the outdoors. Between the beaches, parks and trails, there are options for everyone to explore or enjoy.

The city lies only 30 miles from the Gold Coast — a 300-mile stretch of Lake Michigan coastline dotted with wineries, farms and other unique day destinations. North on this coastline lives The Sleeping Bear Dunes, named “Good Morning America’s” Most Beautiful Place in America. Let’s not forget the beach itself, which is perfect for a relaxing afternoon or even catching some waves on the world’s fifth-largest lake.


Van Andel Institute Graduate School (VAIGS) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States


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