Graduate Program

Graduate Studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Graduate Committee: Dr. Steve Caplan (chair), Dr. Kaustubh Datta, Dr. Dee Harrison-Findik, Dr. Keith Johnson, and Dr. Paul Sorgen (co-chairman - admissions).

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology offers programs of graduate study leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The M.S. program is designed to provide a background in analytical and experimental biochemistry and includes a Master's Thesis. The Ph.D. program is designed to provide a more comprehensive knowledge of the biochemistry and molecular biology of living organisms and includes the research and training experience necessary for the development of independent investigators. A wide selection of research opportunities exists in the department in various areas of biochemistry and molecular biology, including DNA replication, gene regulation, nutrition, enzymology, endocrinology, and metabolism (protein, lipid, and carbohydrate).

The Graduate Program

Entering graduate students are enrolled in a comprehensive introductory course in general biochemistry. Advanced courses that are offered include: advanced biochemistry and molecular biology, principles and methodologies of cancer research, and biophysical chemistry.

Entering graduate students usually spend short periods of time (one to three months)rotating through the research laboratories of several faculty members for the purpose of selecting an advisor and general area for their thesis research. The curricula of students are planned to accommodate their individual interests and research needs. In addition to carrying out research and didactic course work, graduate students participate in informal seminars and discussion groups with postdoctoral fellows, research associates, and the faculty.

About the University of Nebraska Medical Center

The University of Nebraska was founded in 1869, and the Graduate College was established in 1896. The University of Nebraska Medical Center, one of three campuses of the University, houses the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, which instituted its doctoral program in 1958.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center campus is composed of nine administrative units, each responsible for a different segment of the UNMC mission. These are the College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, School of Allied Health Professions, University Hospital, University Outpatient Services and University Psychiatric Services, C. Louis Meyer Rehabilitation Institute, and the Eugene C. Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases.

The UNMC campus spans 50 acres with 31 buildings and more than two million square feet of internal space.

About Omaha

Contact Information
Address questions to:

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Nebraska Medical Center
985870 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska 68198-5870
Telephone: 402-559-4417
E-mail: karen.hankins@unmc.edu 

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