Program in Biomedical Sciences


PIBS offers over 500 faculty members to choose from for rotations. All PIBS students must complete at least two rotations and must rotate through at least the end of Winter term. Most students complete three rotations, but you could do up to five.

Tools for choosing a rotation lab

You are strongly advised to talk to students, faculty, staff, and program advisors about your research interests and which labs or mentors might be a good fit for you.

Setting up a Rotation

Make contact with faculty members whose research interests you. Set up a meeting to discuss potential research projects, the lab environment, the mentor’s philosophy for research and mentoring, and both your expectation and goals for a research rotation. Once you and your mentor have agreed on a rotation, both will fill out and sign the PIBS rotation form provided by Michelle DiMondo.


Timing of Rotations


Rotation Worksheets

You’ll get your Rotation Worksheets before the start of each term. You can also access them here:

***If you feel your rotation is not working out, please see Michelle DiMondo, Michelle Melis, or Scott Barolo as soon as possible to discuss your options. It is possible to change labs, but there is a process. You will be asked to have back-up rotations lined up and these must be approved by the PIBS Office as well as your primary program’s Grad Chair. Once the new rotation has been approved, simply submit a new rotation worksheet to make it official and you may begin working in that lab for the agreed upon length of time (full-term, half-term). You will also be responsible for notifying your current rotation mentor of your decision to end the rotation early.***

 Rules for PIBS research rotations by Scott Barolo, PIBS Director:

  1. You must complete OSEH Lab Safety training prior to starting work in your lab rotation. You can do this in person or online through MyLinc in Wolverine Access.
  2. You can do full-term or half-term rotations in the Fall and Winter terms. Talk to your mentor about this – some faculty prefer one over the other.
  3. Rotations must be approved by the faculty member, your primary choice of Ph.D. program, and by PIBS.
  4. You cannot rotate in a lab in which you have already done significant amount of research in (more than a summer).
  5. You cannot make an agreement to join a lab before mid-April in order to give all students a fair chance to do rotations before students start matching with labs.
  6. Near the end of the rotation, set up an ‘exit interview’ with your rotation mentor. There is a PIBS form for this, which must be filled out by both you and your mentor. The form is provided by Michelle DiMondo in PIBS 800.