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.

Let's Talk About Our Two Nobels



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.

Illustration of the Kuehn Lab

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. 

Recent News

One of our PhD students, Akanksha Manghrani, sat down with Alex to discuss why he chose teaching, his preparation and the sage advice he got from his mentor. Read more 

Hsuan-Fu was recently selected as a Poster Award winner at the Microscopy & Microanalysis 2021 annual meeting for his work on "Structure Determination of Low-Molecular Weight-Targets at Near-Atomic Resolution Using Single-Particle Cryo-electron Tomography"

The Yokoyama lab published their research on the catalytic function of the 4Fe-4S clusters of MoaA radical SAM cyclase in molybdenum cofactor biosynthesis. Read more in JACS.

Three researchers in the Al-Hashimi Lab took long-exposure photographs to show the similarity of movement between RNA and ballet. Read more