Graduate Program

Graduate Program

Graduate students in the Duke Biochemistry Department engage in faculty-mentored research and graduate coursework that develops an understanding of fundamental concepts in biochemistry, physical biochemistry, as well as the critical analysis of published research. 

Students choose thesis topics from a wide range of research projects under current study by primary and secondary faculty in the department, which include: enzyme mechanisms, signal transduction, cell cycle control, cytoskeleton structure, prokaryotic and eukaryotic transcription, genetic diseases, glycoproteins, DNA partitioning/segregation, plasma membrane receptors, cellular differentiation, gene regulation, mechanisms of DNA repair and DNA repair defects in tumor biology, processing of DNA, RNA modification, mRNA decay and translational control, multidrug resistance and tolerance, membrane vesicle biogenesis, microbial toxin activity, endocytosis, insertion of proteins into membranes, ion channel structure and function, metalloproteins, post translational modification, drug design, analysis and design of protein and RNA structure, and X-ray crystallography and NMR studies on macromolecular structure and folding.

The department is located in a large, research-oriented medical center, which is immediately adjacent to the arts and sciences campus, fostering a productive and collaborative scientific community.

Biochemistry Director of Graduate Studies (DGS)  

Meta Kuehn, PhD

220A Nanaline Duke Building



The Director of Graduate Studies is the official departmental faculty administrator who enforces the rules and regulations of the Graduate School, advocates for the needs of the graduate program and graduate students both within the department and in the University, and serves as the initial advisor of all matriculating graduate students prior to their affiliation with a doctoral thesis mentor.



Biochemistry Assistant to Director of Graduate Studies (DGSA)

Amy Norfleet

251 Nanaline Duke Bldg



The DGSA provides assistance with all graduate issues outside of the actual study of Biochemistry: registration, payroll, financial aid, visa services, health insurance, parking, program requirements, exam scheduling, room reservations, counseling, etc. 


Biochemistry Graduate Studies Office (BGSO):

Room 251 Nanaline Duke Bldg.

Box 3711 Biochemistry

Duke University Medical Center

Durham, NC 27710



Graduate students are encouraged to approach the DGSA & DGS with any school-related and/or personal concerns. All issues discussed will remain confidential.