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...
- 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.
- Taegu, KoreaTaegu, Korea
Kyungpook National University
- 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.
- Canterbury, United KingdomCanterbury, United Kingdom
University of Kent
The University of Kent’s School of Biosciences ranks among the most active in biological sciences in the UK. We have recently extended our facilities and completed a major refurbishment of our research laboratories that now house over 100 academic, rese...
- Quebec, QCQuebec, QC
- Philadelphia, PAPhiladelphia, PA
The aim of this graduate program is to train scientists to identify, address and solve biomedical problems at the biochemical a...
- Shizuoka, JapanShizuoka, Japan
Hamamatsu University School of Medicine
- Kaunas, LithuaniaKaunas, Lithuania
Vytautas Magnus University
- Clemson, SCClemson, SC
The Department of Genetics and Biochemistry offers the MS and PhD in both genetics and biochemistry and molecular biology. Graduate research in both programs includes human, animal, plant and microbial biochemistry and genetics, as well as molecular...
- 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.
- University, MSUniversity, MS
University of Mississippi
Join us for graduate study at a university where the people are friendly, the size is not overwhelming, and where you can study with nationally known scholars. All of this in Oxford, MS, which is consistently, listed by USA Today as one of the top colle...
- Perth, AustraliaPerth, Australia
University of Western Australia
The International Students Office is the contact point for international students interested in studying at the University of Western Australia.
- Ibaraki, JapanIbaraki, Japan
University of Tsukuba
- Bangkok, ThailandBangkok, Thailand
An advanced course of lectures on the proteins, the enzyme kinetics, amino acids metabolism, nucleic acids, protein synthesis, and itamins.
- Milwaukee, WIMilwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
- New York City, NYNew York City, NY
Cornell University Weill Graduate School Of Medical Sciences
The Weill Cornell Graduate School (WCGS) programs in Biochemistry & Structural Biology, Cell & Developmental Biology, and Molecular Biology are collec...
- Bozeman, MTBozeman, MT
Montana State University - Bozeman
MSU is the perfect place for students who prefer a more intimate learning environment with frequent interactions between the students and the faculty. Instrumentation in the Department rivals the best in the nation. New Interdisciplinary Programs give s...
- Raleigh, NCRaleigh, NC
North Carolina State University
Emphasis is primarily focused on laboratory research, where graduate students work closely with faculty. The department is well equipped and funded to conduct research in biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology and molecular genetics.
- Boston, MABoston, MA
This specialization offered by the Center for Drug Discovery (CDD) trains students in the design and synthesis of novel biologically active compounds and in the study of their mechanisms of action using biochemical, biophysical and pharmacological appro...