Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

North Chicago, IL
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Private University|Research

About Our College

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFU) is a private graduate school in North Chicago, Illinois. It has more than 2,000 students in five schools: Chicago Medical School, College of Health Professions, College of Pharmacy, Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, and School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The university is named for famous DNA crystallographer Rosalind Franklin. Photo 51, an X-ray diffraction pattern of the B form of DNA, captured by Franklin in 1952, was pivotal in 20th-century history of biology. The image is depicted in the university's seal and logo. RFU offers more than 29 study programs in graduate health-related subjects, including PhD programs for medical and basic research.[1] Its facilities include a new innovation and research building (opening fall 2019)[2][3] designed to promote collaboration among academic and industry scientists and Helix 51,[4] the first bioscience incubator in Lake County, Illinois.

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