Department of biochemistry and Molecular biology

Graduate Training Program

The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology looks for graduate students who are creative and willing to take a chance in exploring and answering challenging questions. We offer interdisciplinary and collaborative graduate programs with the mission of equipping trainees with the scientific knowledge and expertise they will need to succeed in an increasingly competitive environment for biomedical sciences. Specific areas of interest in the department include cancer biology, cell signaling, lipidomics, enzymology, RNA and DNA biology, microbial pathogenesis and antibiotic resistance, drug discovery and structural biology. Alongside, we offer training in state-of-the-art methodologies: molecular biology, nucleic acid and protein biochemistry, genetics, high-throughput screening, microarrays, mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography.

The Department has an outstanding record of extramural funding and in April 2012, was ranked 20th in NIH funding for Biochemistry departments in the United States. The success of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is also exemplified by the number and quality of publications from our research groups. In 2011-12, 72 papers, review articles or book chapters were published from our department in international journals, including Cell, PNAS and the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Our faculty has been recognized for success in teaching, service or research, and our students have won numerous oral and poster prizes at national and international meetings, as well as the Perry Halushka MUSC Research Day.

Please refer to our faculty pages for more information on research conducted in the department and feel free to contact any of our faculty about their specific research interests.

For more information regarding our PhD or MS programs, please click on the links below, or you may contact Dr. Christopher Davies, Director of the Graduate Training Program in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, at davies@musc.edu, (843) 876-2302.

PhD program

MS program

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