University of Nebraska Medical Center


The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology offers programs of graduate study leading to the MS and PhD degrees. The MS program provides an opportunity for individuals desiring careers in health sciences, industry, education or research to prepare themselves for either professional studies or positions demanding mastery of science beyond the baccalaureate level. The PhD program is part of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences program and is designed to provide a more comprehensive knowledge of the biochemistry and molecular biology of living organisms. The program 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, cell-cell communications, structural biology, receptor endocytosis & protein trafficking, nutrition, enzymology, endocrinology, and metabolism (protein, lipid, and carbohydrate). Many of the laboratories in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department study these fundamental processes in the context of cancer and metabolic diseases.

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Program is supported by a National Institutes of Health funded T32 training grant (Fundamental Training Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology). This grant provides specific support for eligible students for fellowship/stipend funding, travel awards, participation in a mentored seminar program, science career workshops and an annual retreat to monitor and mentor research progress. This T32 training grant is the largest one on campus, and is an outstanding opportunity for eligible students accepted into the training program.

Supplemental Awards are also available to exceptional new IGPBS-BMB students.

Our Programs

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MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Gain a mastery of biochemistry and molecular biology beyond the baccalaureate level in preparation for careers in health sciences, industry, education or research.

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PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Our PhD program is a part of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS) program.

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Contacts for Education

Associate Professor
Biochemistry Graduate Committee Chairperson


Kate Hyde, PhD
Karen Hankins

Educational Program Associate
Administrator, PhD Programs


Terry Qualls

Education/Office Associate
Administrator, MS Programs