BMB PhD Program
The PhD Program in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is designed for students interested in graduate-level preparation for careers in biomedical and health sciences research. Emphasizing molecular studies of multiprotein systems, molecular and cellular biology, and biochemical nutrition, the research of our doctoral students has applications to cancer, aging, neurological diseases, and environmentally-based diseases. Doctoral training in reproductive biology focuses on reproductive physiology, molecular endocrinology, and cellular, molecular and developmental biology, with applications to aging, fertility/infertility regulation, and reproductive toxicology. Another area of strength in the department is cancer biology. Students are trained in basic biochemical, biophysical and molecular biological approaches that can be applied to critical problems in cancer biology.
Our training program places particular emphasis on mechanistic approaches to research problems. BMB’s presence in the School provides a unique setting in which students learn how biochemistry, molecular biology, physical chemistry, cell biology, and genetics can be used to solve significant problems in public health and medicine. There also is significant emphasis on communication of science, with multiple opportunities for students to hone their written and oral communication skills throughout their training in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.