University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

About the BMBB Graduate Program

The Graduate Program in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics provides a broad research-based education. We focus on determining the molecular mechanisms that underlie basic biological functions using an integrated approach that encompasses biochemistry, chemistry, biophysics, genomics, molecular biology, proteomics, and structural biology. Special emphasis is placed on revealing how biological processes go awry in diseases including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and AIDS.

While graduate training in a BMBB laboratory involves first-year coursework and associated preliminary examinations, the focal point for graduate education is thesis research. Laboratory-based exploration coupled with journal clubs, seminars, scientific meetings and retreats, career counseling and scientific ethics constitutes the major components of the program. Support for graduate education comes from a variety of sources but is augmented by several NIH and NSF-based training grants. Ph.D. graduates from Minnesota obtain full-time employment immediately after graduation or pursue advanced training in academic or corporate postdoctoral positions.

How to Apply

Students who are committed to study in one of the four subdisciplines of the Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics Graduate Program can apply directly to the BMBB program. Students who wish to have a broader exposure to biological sciences before selecting a research area should apply to Graduate Studies in Molecular, Cellular and Structural Biology (MCSB), which offers access to either the Ph.D. Program in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics (BMBB) or the Ph.D. Program in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics (MCDB&G).  (Please note that we offer an MBS degree in Biological Science, but not an MS in Biochemistry.)

Related Ph.D. and M.S. Programs in BMBB

As a part of the BMBB program, graduate studies leading to a Ph.D. degree may be pursued on the Duluth Campus.

A Ph.D in BMBB may also be obtained through the Combined M.D.-Ph.D. Program.

The Master of Biological Science (M.B.S.) program is available for working professionals, including scientifc staff working at the University of Minnesota. This program is flexible with respect to time and focus of study.

Students have the opportunity to train in:

Directors of Graduate Studies

Hiroshi Matsuo, Ph.D.
phone: 612-626-6524

Romas Kazlauskas
phone: 612-624-5904