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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. For students with demonstrated abilities, course deficiencies can be corrected after enrollment. Evaluation of prospective students will be based on academic record, letters of recommendation, GRE scores (verbal and quantitative), and the applicant's statement of personal goals.

Doctoral (PhD) Program Description

Graduate study in biochemistry is designed to prepare candidates for research careers in academics, industry, and government laboratories. Admission to the graduate program is competitive and is based upon academic background, professional recommendations, performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), experience and, when possible, personal interviews. Students should have completed an undergraduate degree in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, engineering, mathematics, physics, or pharmacy. It is recommended that students have completed undergraduate courses in organic chemistry, physical chemistry, calculus, physics and biological sciences. 

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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