University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

Academic Program

The BMBB graduate program is an exceptionally strong research program that allows students to conduct leading edge research in one of the four BMBB divisions: Synthetic Biology & Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Metabolic & Systems Biology and Chemical & Structural Biology.

Students are admitted through the first year program in Molecular, Cellular and Structural Biology. All first year students carry out three seven-week laboratory rotation projects during their first year. The goal of such rotations is to allow first-year students to perform experiments and conduct original research in a laboratory in which they have an interest. First year MCB students may choose an advisor from either the BMBB or MCBD&G graduate programs.

Students select courses from a wide array of topics to complete their course work requirements for the Ph.D. degree. Elective courses may be chosen from those offered by the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics or selected from any number of scientific disciplines such as genetics, cell biology, pharmacology, chemistry, microbiology, plant biology or neuroscience. For more information, see:

As part of their training, all students participate in teaching biochemistry twice during their graduate career. Teaching experiences range from instruction in undergraduate laboratory to leading recitation sections associated with lecture courses.

The graduate program sponsors a weekly seminar series featuring presentations by leading national and international scientists. In other, less formal seminar programs, graduate students present their own thesis research and give journal clubs.


Directors of Graduate Studies


phone: 612-626-6524
phone: 612-624-5904

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