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Biochemistry PhD Program

The Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB) Program is designed for students interested in obtaining a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. As such, the program represents a group of faculty that may mentor a student pursuing thesis research toward the Biochemistry Ph.D. Students interested in a Ph.D. in Biochemistry should apply to the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Program for admission to graduate studies at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Why Choose Our Program?

Chenguang Gong in Maquat Lab

We offer in-depth coursework and diverse research opportunities that focus on understanding the biochemical mechanisms of life’s critical molecular processes.

World-class research in our laboratories exposes our students to a variety of the latest methods for sophisticated biochemical analysis, including mass spectrometry, crystallography, microcalorimetry, surface plasmon resonance, microarrays, fluorescence activated cell sorting, light scattering, and spectroscopic methods (including fluorescence lifetime and energy transfer measurements), as well as modern methods for cell culture, protein purification, genetic analysis, and reconstitution of biochemical complexes and reactions.

The flexibility of our training program allows students to train in a number of exciting research areas, and often allows students to develop highly effective interdisciplinary collaborations, resulting in cutting edge thesis projects.


What Sets Us Apart



Information on core courses, electives, lab rotations to guide you through our program



We support and guide trainees in several areas of research. Browse research by current program trainees


Mentor Relationships

Meet the faculty mentors and student researchers on our program and see photos of our department family

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What Our Students Say...


"I chose the University of Rochester graduate program because as an UR undergrad, I had early exposure to the amazing research opportunities and investigators. I knew, for a fact, that I would receive high quality training and experience, making me a competitive candidate in the future.

What I enjoy the most about the program is the collaboration and support the BMB program provide for its students. They really go above and beyond to ensure that our needs are met."

Leon Harvey


Upcoming Events

"Flying under the radar: Optimization of RfxCas13d reduces mammalian cellular toxicity when targeting endogenous RNAs" - Thesis Defense

Brandon Davis
PhD Candidate, PhD Program in Biochemistry Molecular Biology

 Tue, May 28 @ 1:00 PM
 MC | K-207 (2-6408)Hybrid Event

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