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Grand Rapids Innovation Park

Grand Rapids Innovation Park

The City of Grand Rapids is home to the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and the Grand Rapids Innovation Park.

The Grand Rapids Innovation Park is located in downtown Grand Rapids within the ‘Medical Mile’ hospital complex and is home to the MSU Secchia Center, Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building, and Grand Rapids Research Center.

Viewed as a hub for biomedical and translational research, MSU researchers in Grand Rapids participate in clinical and community health research programs and work closely with partners in the Spectrum Hospital System    

Campus Life and living in Grand Rapids 

Ranked as one of the best places to live, Grand Rapids is located in western Michigan on the banks of the Grand River

The city offers family-friendly low cost-of-living, walkable neighborhoods and a vibrant downtown area with plenty of food and entertainment

Our close proximity to Lake Michigan offers numerous outdoor recreational activities.

Research Infrastructure

Bioinformatics and Biostatistics, Genomics, Confocal, and Cryo-Electron Microscopy, Flow Cytometry, Pathology and Biorepository, Small Animal Imaging, Vivarium and Transgenics, Metabolomics and Proteomics core facilities.

Weekly research-in-progress seminars and journal clubs.

Collaboration, joint seminars, and career development programs with the Van Andel Institute, Grand Valley State University, Calvin University, and MSU East Lansing campus.  

MSU Grand Rapids Research Center 

The Grand Rapids Research Center is a state-of-the-art research facility located in downtown Grand Rapids.

Opened in 2017, the Center has 33 research teams and $49 million in research funding.  Areas of research interest include neurodegenerative disease, aging, autism, pediatric cancers, rare genetic disorders, women’s health, and infertility, and gynecologic disease and cancer.

Secchia Center

The MSU Secchia Center hosts a group of scientists working in epidemiology, bioinformatics, computational drug discovery, and the social and behavioral sciences.

Secchia research labs are located on the top floor and offer open “dry” lab space overlooking the downtown area. 


Translational Neuroscience 

Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology 

Pediatrics and Human Development 

BMS Graduate Studies in Grand Rapids

The BMS program fully accommodates students who wish to join a lab in Grand Rapids, with students selecting from BMS degree programs, participating in coursework and lab rotations.

BMS students can expect the same opportunities for coursework as main campus students, with accommodations for remote or online learning.

Students can decide to perform one or all lab rotations in Grand Rapids, and students can choose to live in Grand Rapids or East Lansing during the first-year rotation period.  Students who are considering labs in Grand Rapids and East Lansing are encouraged to do a summer lab rotation before the first semester.

Additional financial compensation is available for students who need to travel to-and-from the main campus.

Students who decide to join a research lab in Grand Rapids should expect to move to the city.  The current cost of living is similar between East Lansing and Grand Rapids.