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Department of

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

We further basic science knowledge at biochemical and molecular levels that is relevant to public health.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Headlines

What We Do in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Our Department strives to increase knowledge of cellular processes—normal and abnormal—at biochemical and molecular levels. We train highly qualified scientists who, through research, teaching, and service, continue to provide new insights into biomedical issues with a profound impact on public health.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Highlights

Founding Department

In 1917, we were the Department of Chemical Hygiene—our name has changed but not our drive for cutting-edge research.

Basic lab science with a public health perspective

Our research labs are uncovering the fundamental biochemical and molecular mechanisms at the foundations of health.

Teaching and training focus

We are committed to providing our students with training and mentoring so they can excel in a challenging but supportive environment.

From Cancer to CRISPR

Our faculty research—and teach—diverse topics across the breadth of biochemistry and molecular biology.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Programs

As a basic research department within the #1 public health school, the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology thrives at a unique intersection of basic science, medicine, and public health.

We offer a doctoral and two master’s degree programs. We are also part of an online interdepartmental Master of Arts in Public Health Biology.

Master of Science (ScM)

Onsite | Full-Time | 2 years

Graduate-level program that blends coursework in the first year with rigorous training in laboratory research that culminates in a comprehensive research project in the second

Master of Health Science (MHS)

Onsite | Full-Time | 9 months

Graduate-level preparation focused on the intersection of basic science and medicine, with curriculum offerings from a public health perspective and opportunities for students to broaden their experience

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Onsite | Full-Time | 5 years - 6 years

Doctoral-level program focused on the biochemical and molecular bases of normal and abnormal cellular processes that trains students to be successful independent scientists and provide new insights into biomedical issues with profound impacts on public health

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Faculty Spotlight

Ashi Weeraratna, PhD,

studies how cancer cells move to distant sites and how changes in the normal cells around a tumor contribute to their movement, especially as we age.

Ashani Weeraratna

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