United States Ph.D. in Biochemistry Doctorate Programs
Find Doctorate Programs in Biochemistry such as Ph.D. Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, or a Doctorate, Cell and Molecular Biology Doctorate, and Biochemistry and Biophysics Ph.D.s below.
Biochemistry is a vibrant, dynamic discipline that embraces the study of biology from the point of view of chemistry. Historically, biochemistry evolved as a distinct field from two separate sources: agriculture, which required understanding of plant and animal metabolism to increase crop and animal productivity, and medicine, which required understanding of human metabolism to prevent and cure disease. Today, biochemistry graduate curriculums are at the forefront of many careers that help to keep human, animals and plants free of disease.
Biochemistry Ph.D. Coursework
Students of biochemistry Ph.D. programs can choose one of many biochemistry concentrations. They learn that biochemistry is the foundation upon which humans have grown to understand biological processes. Biochemistry courses focus on helping equip students with the skills they need to contribute to the many advances being made in medicine for both human and animals, as well as in genetic engineering, biotechnology and agriculture.
In recent years, the science of biochemistry has advanced as new technologies have enhanced research opportunities. Some exciting areas of biochemistry research include: structural biology (which uses the tools of X-ray crystallography and magnetic resonance spectroscopy to determine three-dimensional structures of
macromolecules), biophysics (which uses the tools of physics to assess the detailed function of proteins and nucleic acids), genomics (which uses high-throughput DNA sequencing techniques to allow the total information content of a genome to be determined) and proteomics (which uses high
precision mass spectroscopy to identify the total protein content of a cell or an organelle).
Molecular biology is another popular biochemistry concentration. It evolved from a technique established solely to manipulate DNA, to a field that embraces all aspects of the function of nucleic acids in living organisms. Today, both molecular biology and biochemistry Ph.D students continue their highly interdisciplinary traditions of drawing from physics, chemistry and biology to understand the basic processes of life from the atomic, to the molecular, to the cellular levels.
Biochemistry Ph.D. students can expect to be required to use of mathematics and physical sciences to probe the tightly-held secrets of biology. Students might engage in coursework in bioenergetics, analytical biochemistry and enzyme kinetics. They will be required to do extensive research, as well as participate in laboratory rotations.
Almost all biochemistry curriculums at the Ph.D. level are research-oriented, as students are encouraged to move in their studies from classes to independent research. In recent years, biochemistry Ph.D. programs have also expanded to encompass business-oriented degrees, such as the professional science masters (PSM) that allow students to combine higher-level science classes with business classes.
Potential Careers for Ph.D. Biochemists
Biochemistry careers have traditionally been academic, including teaching and research appointments in colleges and universities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, post-secondary teachers earned a median annual salary of $68,970 in 20121.
There might also be exciting biochemistry career opportunities in regulatory agencies in government, non-profit organizations and health care. The BLS reported that the 2012 median annual salary for biochemists and biophysicists was $81,480. A PhD degree in biochemistry is normally required in many of these careers, though it is still possible to find a position with a masters degree2.
There may also be potential career opportunities for biochemists in the pharmaceutical industry, or in bioengineering. In additon, with the introduction of business-oriented degrees such as the PSM, those who have an interest in biochemistry as well as business may have an opportunity to enter the business world as managers with a firm grasp of the science or technology of the companies for whom they will work.
- Valhalla, NYValhalla, NY
New York Medical College
The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology provides students with a solid foundation in the concepts and applications of modern biochemistry and molecular biology. Areas of research include protein structure and function, enzyme reaction me...
- Chicago, ILChicago, IL
The Division of Biochemistry offers a master's (MS) and doctoral (PhD) degree with a major in biochemistry. All recipients of these degrees acquire a thorough knowledge of normal biochemical processes that take place in the human organism, leading to...
- Chicago, ILChicago, IL
University of Illinois at Chicago
The Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy offers a comprehensive and rigorous graduate program in medicinal chemistry leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Students are only admitted to the Ph.D. program. Medicinal Chemistry is focused on the...
- Atlanta, GAAtlanta, GA
p>The Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology (BCDB) program at Emory University is a cross-disciplinary training program that encourages and fosters innovative thinking and experimentation.
- Provo, UTProvo, UT
Brigham Young University
Cutting-Edge Research: At Brigham Young University we have approximately 36 faculty members with research programs in all five of the traditional chemical disciplines (analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, and biochemistry). These research programs...
- North Chicago, ILNorth Chicago, IL
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS) is an integrative and flexible academic approach to the beginning of scholarly activity leading to the Ph.D. Students who enter the IGPBS undertake a curriculum in biomedical science...
- Queens Village, NYQueens Village, NY
St. John's University
The Department of Biological Sciences offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs focusing on Cell and Molecular Biology. Approximately 40 graduate students of diverse backgrounds are enrolled in these programs at any one time. The relatively small si...
- Pullman, WAPullman, WA
Washington State University
The School of Molecular Biosciences at Washington State University serves as the core of the University's concentration in the area of molecular biology. The faculty members of the School supervise graduate study leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in bio...
- Pullman, WA
- Louisville, KYLouisville, KY
University of Louisville
Graduate teaching and research are primary commitments of the Department of Biochemistry.
- Lincoln, NELincoln, NE
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Research opportunities exist in a variety of areas, including plant biochemistry, photosynthesis research, plant and animal metabolism, metallobiochemistry, enzyme mechanisms, and molecular biology.
- College Station, TXCollege Station, TX
Texas A&M University
The Doctor of Philosophy degree prepares students for positions in university research and teaching, industrial laboratories, and government agencies. The major emphasis in our doctoral program is research. Shortly after entering the Ph.D. program,...
- College Station, TX
- Baltimore, MDBaltimore, MD
Johns Hopkins University
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is the study of the molecular and genetic bases of cellular processes. Our faculty conducts research to increase current knowledge of the biochemical and molecular mechanisms of normal and abnormal cellular processes.
- Morgantown, WVMorgantown, WV
West Virginia University
The Department of Biochemistry currently accepts three or four Ph.D. candidates per year, with a total of 12 to 16 students enrolled at any one time.
- Baton Rouge, LABaton Rouge, LA
Louisiana State University
The Biochemistry Program is administered through the Department of Biological Sciences. Recent state initiatives have contributed to significant growth in this program.
- Bethlehem, PABethlehem, PA
Research areas in the Biochemistry program include studies of protein structure and function and signal transduction. In the Molecular Biology program, research areas include microbial evolution and genetics, eukaryotic cell biology, and regulation of g...
- Portland, ORPortland, OR
Oregon Health & Science University
Basic sciences programs that lead to the Ph.D. include coursework and research rotations in which students choose a laboratory and mentor to guide them in their thesis research projects. The M.S. degrees are offered in Public Health and Medical Infor...
- Manhattan, KSManhattan, KS
Kansas State University
The biochemistry program seeks excellence in teaching and research through a program tailored to the development of the individual student. The core curriculum is broad and students are expected to specialize through appropriate choice of advanced cours...
- Aurora, COAurora, CO
University of Colorado Denver
A highly integrated program created to foster research excellence and training in the characterization of biomolecular structure and mechanisms of molecular interactions...
- East Lansing, MIEast Lansing, MI
Michigan State University
Ph.D. and M.S. degrees are offered by the Department of Biochemistry. Our objectives are to help all students develop their creative potential and acquire the skills needed for an effective and rewarding career in research and teaching.
- Ames, IAAmes, IA
Iowa State University
Students can major in biochemistry or biophysics, or in one of several interdepartmental majors. Research conducted in the department covers a broad spectrum, ranging from the isolation and characterization of biomolecules to the understanding of the co...
- Boulder, COBoulder, CO
University of Colorado - Boulder
- Loma Linda, CALoma Linda, CA
Loma Linda University
- Milwaukee, WIMilwaukee, WI
Medical College of Wisconsin
MCW’s Biochemistry PhD program provides research opportunities in the areas of cell regulation, cell signaling, gene transcription, and protein function, among others.
- Saint Louis, MOSaint Louis, MO
St. Louis University
The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is a member of the Graduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences at Saint Louis University.