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The graduate program in Biochemistry is able to accommodate students with diverse backgrounds and wide ranges of interests. Students with undergraduate degrees in the biological, biochemical, or physical sciences who have a strong desire to pursue a research career in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, and structural biology are encouraged to apply. Academic preparation in calculus, physics, biology, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry is recommended. Entry to the program is through the Integrated Biomedical Sciences program.

Doctoral (PhD) Program Description

Graduate study in the College of Medicine’s Department of Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry is designed to prepare candidates for careers in academics, industry, and government laboratories. Students will have the opportunity to participate in faculty research programs studying a spectrum of topics including signal transduction, protein structure and function, transcriptional regulation, the cytoskeleton, secretion and vesicular fusion, disease mechanisms (e.g. atherosclerosis, cancer, infectious disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s), drug design, nucleic acid dynamics, and membrane biogenesis & function. Students will obtain a well-rounded knowledge of modern biochemistry, participate in graduate seminars, journal clubs, and research seminars; interact with visiting scholars; and present the results of their research at local and national meetings. Financial aid is available to all students in the program. 

Doctoral (PhD) Degree - Application Requirements

Students are first admitted to the Integrated Biomedical Sciences curriculum, an undifferentiated first-year core curriculum that serves as the entry point for six doctoral programs housed in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

  1. CV
    • Indicate any academic honors, publications, research experience and relevant work experience (since graduation--for those who have previously graduated from an undergraduate or graduate degree program). 
  2. Personal Statement
    • Indicate your research interest and goals for doctoral study and beyond.
  3. The GRE is not required for admission into this program.
  4. Three letters of recommendations

Applicants must meet the Graduate School admission requirements.

Application Deadlines

​Fall:  January 1


Dr. Trevor Creamer

Director of Graduate Studies

College of Medicine

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