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Ph.D. Program

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The Ph.D. program in the Department of Biochemistry at Virginia Tech prepares students for careers as independent researchers in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, molecular microbiology, biotechnology, and related areas.

Training involves a combination of advanced course work, participation in seminars and journal clubs, and laboratory research conducted under the guidance of a faculty committee selected by agreement of the student, the faculty advisor, and the departmental Graduate Committee. Our Department's total annual research expenditures is $3.9 million

On average, graduate students complete the Ph.D. Program in 4-5 years. Full-time enrolled Ph.D. students are eligible for a subsidy on the premium of the university-sponsored health insurance plan through Aetna. Find more information here

Graduates of our program are employed in industry, academia, and government positions, typically following one or more years of postdoctoral training.

Fellowships and research assistantships are available to qualified Ph.D. students. In 2015-2016, the assistantship stipend for entering students was $25,000 for the calendar year. In addition, health insurance and tuition waivers are granted to all students receiving assistantships. Fees for the 2015-2016 academic year were ~$2,500. All students are responsible for fees, purchase of textbooks, and thesis/dissertation printing costs.

We invite applications from highly motivated students to join our program in pursuit of a Ph.D. in biochemistry from a dynamic and productive department with investigators that produce high-impact research in the following general research areas:

  • Molecular Biology of Cancer
  • Obesity
  • Vector-Borne Diseases
  • Drug Discovery
  • Protein Structure-Function
  • Enzymology
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Metabolomics
  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Computational Biochemistry