Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Ph.D.
The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is a member of the graduate program in biomedical sciences at Saint Louis University's School of Medicine. Each year, this multidisciplinary Ph.D. program accepts 10-15 highly qualified candidates with bachelor's degrees. To assist students in deciding which area of biomedical research is right for them, the program provides opportunities to explore research in as many as five diverse disciplines during the first year of graduate training at SLU.
During the first year of study, courses focus on the basic biochemical, molecular, cellular and organismal aspects of the biomedical sciences. This prepares students for more intensive, individualized instruction in biochemistry and molecular biology.
The program prepares students to be technically skilled and thoughtful scientists who can seek diverse careers in industry, government or as university professors.
Students should possess an above-average GPA, sufficient GRE scores and TOEFL scores (for international students) and the equivalent of an undergraduate major in chemistry, biology or a related subject.
- Application form and fee
- Three letters of recommendation
- GRE G scores (GRE S optional)
- Professional goal statement
Requirements for International Students
All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students. International students must also meet the following additional requirements:
- Demonstrate English Language Proficiency
- Financial documents are required to complete an application for admission and be reviewed for admission and merit scholarships.
- Proof of financial support that must include:
- A letter of financial support from the person(s) or sponsoring agency funding the student's time at Saint Louis University
- A letter from the sponsor's bank verifying that the funds are available and will be so for the duration of the student's study at the University
- Academic records, in English translation, of students who have undertaken postsecondary studies outside the United States must include:
- Courses taken and/or lectures attended
- Practical laboratory work
- The maximum and minimum grades attainable
- The grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations
- Any honors or degrees received.
WES and ECE transcripts are accepted.
Assistantship Application Deadline
Students who want to be considered for an assistantship must apply by Feb. 1.
Screening of applicants begins the December preceding the academic year of enrollment. During February, March and April, highly qualified candidates are invited to come to St. Louis for interviews and 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 applicant's offer of admission into the program is expected no later than April 15. Late applications are considered on a space-available basis.
|Cost Per Credit
Additional charges may apply. Other resources are listed below:
Scholarships and Financial Aid
For priority consideration for graduate assistantship, apply by Feb. 1.
- Graduates will possess an appropriate level of knowledge of current biomedical science as related to biochemistry and molecular biology.
- Graduates will be able to evaluate and critique publications.
- Graduates will be able to identify and select meaningful problems to be addressed in bioscience research, to frame testable/falsifiable hypotheses concerning an important research question.
- Graduates will be able to create and implement experimental protocols with suitable controls to test a scientific hypothesis, and to interpret the results of experiments in light of the hypothesis driving them.
- Graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate biomedical research with respect to the content, organization, logical flow, presentation and appropriate use of language incorporating the use of visual aids.
- Graduates will be able to summarize the expectations for responsible conduct of research.
|Basic Biomedical Science Courses
|Basic Biomedical Science I
|Special Topics in Basic Biomedical Sciences I
|Basic Biomedical Science II
|Special Topics in Basic Biomedical Sciences II
|Ethics for Research Scientists
|Basic Biomedical Sciences Colloquium
|Introduction to Basic Biomedical Sciences Research (taken over multiple semesters)
|Intro to Genomics and Bioinformatics
|Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Courses
|Macromolecules: Structure and Function
|Advanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
|Preparation and Evaluation of Science Research Proposal
|Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Colloquium
|Dissertation Research (taken over multiple semesters, 12hrs total)
Additional coursework in chemistry or biology may be required at the discretion of the department chairperson or graduate program director. The program may include courses in one of the fields of preclinical medicine as electives.
All students are expected to participate in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Journal Club throughout the program.
Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.