Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Concentration
The College of Medicine at the University of Florida enjoys a strong graduate education program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. BMB faculty are committed to providing students with an intellectually challenging and rewarding environment for graduate education in the molecular life sciences. Students in our Ph.D. program receive solid training in the disciplines of biochemistry and molecular biology. Detailed information about our training program, faculty, and research projects can be found through the links above.
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Program of Study
The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) program of study is designed both to provide students with fundamental graduate-level training and to provide flexibility in tailoring a course of studies to fit with a student’s research interests. During the first year of studies, students take required coursework and do three six-week laboratory rotations. The rotations give students the opportunity to work in research laboratories of three different BMB faculty to aid in the selection of a research advisor. By the end of the first year, students select a research advisor, and in the second and subsequent years, the major focus of the graduate program is on supervised research. Students can pursue a broad range of research projects as illustrated on the Research Areas Page. In the second year, students begin working on dissertation projects in a research laboratory, prepare for a qualifying exam, and complete required coursework. The qualifying exam must be completed by the end of fall semester of the third year. After passing the qualifying exam, students officially advance to candidacy for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The average time students require to complete a Ph. D. degree in the BMB program is about 5 years. A detailed outline of the program requirements can be found on the BMB Program of Study page. A PDF brochure describing the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program of Study and Faculty Research Interests is also available.
BMB Faculty Research
Faculty in the BMB program work in a diverse range of research areas and actively collaborate on interdisciplinary projects. Information about the research interests of individual IDP faculty members in the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Concentration is listed in three ways:
- There is an alphabetical list of BMB faculty by name on the BMB Faculty page.
- The IDP site has a complete list of all IDP faculty and their research interests, Faculty/Researchpage.BMB faculty can also be found through affiliations with Basic Science Departments in the College of Medicine at UF.
Areas of Research
- Bacterial Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Pathogenesis
- Biochemical and Molecular Basis of Human Disease
- Cancer Biology
- Cell Trafficking and Cytoskeleton
- Cellular Signaling Pathways
- Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
- Enzyme Mechanisms and Structure-Function Relationships
- Gene Expression and Regulation
- Gene Therapy
- Genome Maintenance and Replication
- Immune and Inflammatory Responses and Disorders
- Membranes and Transport
- Neuronal Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- RNA Structure, Function, and Metabolism
- Structural Biology
- Viral Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Pathogenesis
Student progress is facilitated by the availability of state-of-the-art instrumentation and research core laboratories located in the:
- Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy Facility
- Center for Mammalian Genetics
- Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research (ICBR)
- McKnight Brain Institute
- Powell Gene Therapy Center
- University of Florida Genetics Institute
- University of Florida Shands Cancer Center
The BMB logo was designed and created by Nan Su, a talented graduate student and now an alumnus of the BMB program. It is an abstract representation of a human/pipetman intertwined with DNA.