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Chemical Biology

Chemical Biology

As of Fall 2011, the Chemical Biology program is no longer accepting new students.


The adenosine monophosphate moleculeThe Chemical Biology Program will equip students with the appropriate experimental and theoretical approaches to use or develop chemical tools for understanding biological processes. Students can employ a variety of research tools, including:

  • organic synthesis
  • X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy
  • proteomic and genomic analyses
  • the design of novel combinations of small-molecule ligands and engineered proteins

Program faculty have a range of research interests and technologies with particular strengths in cellular responses to chemical stress, drug discovery, enzyme and receptor chemistry, proteomics, structural biology, and chemical synthesis.

Instruction and research in the Chemical Biology option focuses on ways in which chemical, physical and molecular perspectives can be applied to solve complex, interdisciplinary problems in biology and medicine. Laboratory rotations provide experience in up to 3 labs before the student chooses a research project and advisor. More about the curriculum and degree requirements.

Financial aid

Integrative Biosciences graduate students are supported for 18 months by a Huck Institutes fellowship stipend which includes one semester as a Teaching Assistant. During year two, students are appointed as research assistants to faculty advisors. The tuition and stipend is then paid for through the student's faculty advisor, for the remaining years of the five-year PhD program.