Biochemistry Research at Duke

Scientists in the Duke Biochemistry Department study a broad spectrum of research topics, including the following areas:

  • DNA biochemistry
  • RNA biochemistry
  • Lipids, lipoproteins, membrane transport, structure and function, 
  • Protein structural biochemistry and biophysics
  • Mechanisms of signal transductionn
  • Enzyme catalysis and regulation


Courses of Interest

Typically, all coursework requirements are met in the first year of study. The Graduate School does not require registration for a fixed number of course units for the Ph.D. degree and leaves the specific course requirements up to the individual graduate program.

Robert Lefkowitz Shares Nobel Prize in Chemistry

​Robert J. Lefkowitz MD, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator who has spent his entire 39-year research career at the Duke University Medical Center, is sharing the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Brian K. Kobilka of Stanford University School of Medicine, who was a post-doctoral fellow in Lefkowitz's lab in the 1980s.  Photo by Duke University Photography


Congratulations to Benjamin Fenton, a first year Biochemistry graduate student in the laboratory of Professor Pei Zhou, for being awarded...
Work carried out by the laboratories of Professors Maria A. Schumacher and Richard G. Brennan in collaboration with Professor Kim...
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Professor Pei Zhou is teaming up with Drs. Eric Toone and Vance Fowler to come up with new ways to...


Professor Aaron Esser-Kahn (Univ. of California, Irvine, Department of Chemistry)
French Family Science Center 2237
SCYNEXIS Lecture in Synthetic Organic Chemistry: Professor Dale L. Boger (Scripps Research Inst., Department of Chemistry)
Trent Semans Center for Health Education - Great Hall