About Us

The Graduate Program of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is one of the largest and most successful on the UNMC campus. There are approximately 40 students enrolled in the program, with 4-8 students graduating each year with the PhD degree. We provide training for both research-based and education careers, with the average time to degree being five and a half years.

Graduates from our program are highly successful in acquiring post-doctoral employment, with several having taken jobs in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. ; Some go directly into faculty positions at area colleges, but most do post-doctoral work at excellent institutions around the country, including Harvard Medical School, National Institutes of Health, University of California, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Research interests of our faculty include, but are not limited to: Molecular Biology of Cancers, including prostate, pancreas, lung, liver, colon; Cellular Signaling; Endocytosis and Trafficking; Cellular Communication/Gap Junctions; Tumor Glycobiology; and Microbial Metabolomics.

For further information about our program and our department, please contact one of the following personnel:

Surinder Batra, Ph.D. - Biochemistry Chairperson

Kaustubh Datta, Ph.D. - Biochemistry Graduate Committee Chairperson

Karen Hankins - Biochemistry Graduate Program Administrator