Seventeen faculty members in Biochemistry and affiliate faculty participate in the Ph.D. program in Biochemistry. Students may also work with faculty members in Chemistry who have biochemical interests. Graduate students in Biochemistry are part of a close-knit and supportive community, but all the resources of a large research department and university are available. We provide rigorous graduate course work in biochemical and biophysical principles and techniques as well as in molecular biology, genomics and proteomics, and systems biology. Graduate research focuses on fostering independence and expertise in answering cutting-edge biochemistry questions. Research programs fall into the general areas of biophysical chemistry, nucleic acid biochemistry, molecular biophysics, structural biology, bioorganic chemistry/chemical biology, and enzymes and molecular machines. Our students go on to successful academic, industrial, and government careers in today’s hi-tech world of biochemistry and biotechnology.
Biochemistry Graduate Student Owen Becette on studies of RNA structure and dynamics.