About Ichor Life Sciences

Since its founding in 2013 in the Finger Lakes higher education corridor, Ichor has studied fundamental mechanisms of aging to develop new classes of drugs dedicated to helping people live longer, healthier lives.

Seeking an unparalleled industry experience during your PhD journey? Your search ends here.


Seeking an unparalleled industry experience during your PhD journey? Your search ends here.

Ichor Life Sciences has developed a unique PhD program that offers hands-on, industry-based experience, allowing PhD students to work on actual drug development projects for Ichor as well as for major pharmaceutical companies, providing a comprehensive view of the drug development process.

PhD Program

Students select their coursework from offerings at nearby universities (SUNY ESF, SUNY Upstate, Syracuse, Clarkson University) and laboratory work is completed at Ichor.

Students receive


Tuition Waiver

All students receive tuition waivers paid for by Ichor.


Research Stipend

All students receive a monthly stipend commensurate with NIH ITRA level.



All students receive robust didactic and laboratory training in diverse disciplines.

Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must meet the outlined eligibility criteria to be considered. Employees who plan to pursue a PhD at Ichor should notify management as early as possible. Employee training will be adjusted and coaching provided to prepare the employee to apply and succeed within the program.

  • Minimum 12 months continuous employment at Ichor.
  • BS/BA in the life sciences from an accredited university.
  • 3.5+ GPA or compensatory research experience (can be completed at Ichor).
  • Prerequisites for selected program as outlined by university partner.
  • Exceptional grit, emotional IQ, openness, and resiliency.

Who is an ideal candidate?

Our PhD program combines the scientific rigor and publication requirements of a traditional program with industrial speed and scope. By design, ours is an intense immersion experience that is not for the faint of heart. An ideal candidate will possess exceptional grit, emotional IQ, openness, and resiliency. Successful students in the program have won traditional research grants, supervised large teams, run portfolio companies, and managed entire discovery programs.

Research Tracks

Students have the opportunity to track in biophysics, biochemistry, structural biology, or pharmacology while obtaining secondary skills in team management, pre-clinical R&D program management, or entrepreneurship.

Choose Your Own Adventure


Featured Students


Ichor’s PhD program provides students with world class technical training in addition to the financial, market, and regulatory aspects of drug development. Upon graduation students equipped with the skills to run their own drug discovery programs.

Kyle Parella


The emphasis of Ichor’s PhD program on practical application of skills to translational drug development imparts a competency that is unseen in traditional PhD students.

Robert “RJ” Tevonian

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