Biochemistry PhD Program

We’re one of the few programs in the country that trains in structure/function—where students learn at the molecular level and from the ground up to find the cause and cure of disease. In our program, students take the lead in their research and frequently collaborate with different labs. And the research? It’s cutting-edge in a supportive environment. See how we train the next generation of biochemists.

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Drs. Paul Modrich and Robert Lefkowitz

Let’s Discuss our Two Nobels in Chemistry

Considered the most prestigious award in the world, the Nobel Prize was given to two faculty in the Department of Biochemistry. In 2015, Dr. Paul Modrich received the Nobel in Chemistry for his mechanistic studies in DNA repair, and in 2012, Dr. Robert Lefkowitz won the Nobel in Chemistry for his discoveries that reveal the inner workings of an important family of G protein-coupled receptors.

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Lab Spotlight

Get to know the Kuehn Lab. They research the genetic, biochemical and functional features of bacterial vesicle production. Their studies will provide new insights into the membrane dynamics of Gram-negative bacteria and aid in the identification of new therapeutic targets for important human and plant pathogens. 

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