Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Saint Louis University offers a Doctor of Philosophy program through the School of Medicine’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


About the Program

If you are still deciding which of the diverse areas of biomedical research is right for you, our program allows you to explore research in as many as four different disciplines during your first year of graduate training. You’ll attend interdisciplinary lecture courses, and participate in small group discussions and a colloquium series. Informed by those experiences, you will then select a Ph.D. mentor in a specific program and continue with your training.

M.D./Ph.D. Program

SLU’s biochemistry and molecular biology department also offers an M.D./Ph.D. program. Application is competitive, and a limited number of positions are available. The program offers financial support in the form of full tuition remission for both the M.D. and the Ph.D. Trainees typically complete the first two years of medical school before undertaking the Ph.D. portion of their training. After completion of the Ph.D. dissertation, trainees return to complete the final years of medical school.

Program Highlights

With approximately 70 faculty members in the programs of biochemistry and molecular biology, molecular microbiology and immunology, pharmacological and physiological science, pathology and the Institute for Molecular Virology, SLU provides an almost unlimited variety of research project choices for students.

Curriculum and Program Details

Courses during your first year of study focus on the basic biochemical, molecular, cellular and organismal aspects of the biomedical sciences. This prepares you for more intensive, individualized instruction in biochemistry and molecular biology.

Faculty
  • Yuna Ayala, Ph.D.
  • Ángel Baldán, Ph.D.
  • Yie-Hwa Chang, Ph.D.
  • Yoonsang Cho, Ph.D.
  • Carmine Coscia, Ph.D.
  • Enrico Di Cera, M.D.
  • Dale Dorsett, Ph.D.
  • Joel Eissenberg, Ph.D.
  • David A. Ford, Ph.D.
  • Susana Gonzalo, Ph.D.
  • Tomasz Heyduk, Ph.D.
  • Jung San Huang, Ph.D.
  • Claudette Klein, Ph.D.
  • Sergey Korolev, Ph.D.
  • Alireza Rezaie, Ph.D.
  • James Shoemaker, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Dorota Skowyra, Ph.D.
  • William S. Sly, M.D.
  • Alessandro Vindigni, Ph.D.
  • Mee-Ngan Yap, Ph.D.
Careers
 SLU’s Ph.D. program in biochemistry and molecular biology prepares students to be technically skilled and thoughtful scientists who can seek diverse careers in industry, government or as university professors.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Financial aid is available and all first- and second-year students receive a nationally competitive, student stipend as well as tuition waivers. Health insurance is also provided by the core program. Stipends, health benefits and tuition costs are the responsibility of your adviser or doctoral program during your final years of graduate study and are most commonly provided by research grants or contracts.

 


Applicant Criteria

Students should possess an above-average GPA, sufficient GRE scores and sufficient TOEFL scores (for international students).

To apply, you’ll need:

Application Requirements
Application form and fee
Transcript(s)
Three letters of recommendation
GRE G scores (GRE S optional)
Résumé
Interview
Professional goal statement

 

Requirements for International Students

Assistantship Application Deadline

Students who want to be considered for an assistantship must submit their application by Feb. 1.

Review Process

Screening of applicants begins the December preceding the academic year of enrollment. During the months of February, March and April, highly qualified candidates are invited, at our expense, to come to St. Louis for interviews and to acquaint themselves with the area, the University and the graduate program in biomedical sciences.

Offers of admission into the program are generally made shortly after the interviews are complete. Acceptance of the offer of admission into the program by the applicant is expected no later than April 15. Late applications are considered on a space-available basis.