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Department of Biochemistry Graduate students at the beginning of the year get-together...

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.



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


Why Virginia Tech?

The graduate 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.

In Addition, Student Stipends are $25,000 per annum, plus Tuition and Comprehensive Health Insurance.

Incoming students participate in three laboratory research rotations during their first year in order to familiarize themselves with selected faculty and their research. The department has strengths in:

  • Enzymology
  • Functional Genomics
  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Metabolomics
  • Genetics, Genomics, and Biotechnology Education
  • Protein Phosphorylation
  • Coenzyme Biosynthesis
  • Transposable Elements of Insects
  • Development of Antimalarial Agents
  • Biosynthesis of Chorion Layer of Mosquito Eggs
  • Protein Structure/Molecular Modeling
  • Biological Nitrogen Fixation
  • Assembly of Metalloproteins
  • Nucleic Acid Biochemistry
  • Oxygen Toxicity and Antioxidants
  • Plant Growth and Signal Transduction
  • Preservation/Stasis of Human Cells and Tissues
  • Science Teaching and Learning
  • Chemical Biology
  • Protein-Ligand Molecular Recognition