Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program
In addition to offering the major of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department faculty mentor Ph.D. students in the College of Medicine interdisciplinary program (IDP) in medical sciences as well. Students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree can view specific features of the biochemistry and molecular biology concentration at http://biochem.med.ufl.edu/ and http://idp.med.ufl.edu. For admission information, visit the IDP website.
The Department offers a wide variety of courses for graduate students studying in the life sciences. The research expertise of the faculty spans the areas from cell biology, metabolism, and molecular biology to physical biochemistry/structural biology. Current research interests include viral protease inhibitors, viral RNA replication, bioenergetics and proton translocation, X-chromosome structure and function, cytoskeletal assembly and dynamics, enzyme mechanism and control, chromatin structure, gene expression and regulation, mitochondrial biogenesis and evolution, the genetics of inherited disease, nutrient membrane transporters, protein site-directed mutagenesis, ribosome structure and function, signal transduction, structural biology and dynamics of macromolecules, protein-nucleic acid interactions, transgenic animal models, and virus crystal structure.
Prospective graduate students should have adequate training in chemistry and biology. Minor deficiencies may be made up immediately after entering graduate school. Previous undergraduate experience in a research laboratory is highly recommended. Doctoral students are required to take a core IDP course in fall term of their first year; and beginning in spring term, students take advanced classes in areas of interest. Specific advanced-level courses may be recommended by the student’s supervisory chair and committee. Courses are open to all graduate students and advanced undergraduates. Additional courses may be listed in the Advanced Concentration in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology section under the major of Medical Sciences.
The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department also offers a combined BS/MS program that allows students to earn both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at an accelerated pace by counting 12 credit hours of approved courses towards both degrees. Students who are Interdisciplinary Science majors with a focus in Biochemistry or majoring in a related field and doing research with a faculty member in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are eligible to apply. This program is considered to be a 4 + 1 program because students may finish both degrees within 5 years. To be considered with this program, students need to work with the department at the beginning of their junior year or earlier to identify courses that can count towards both degrees.