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Doctorate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The OSU Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seeks promising students for graduate training. The graduate program is research-intensive, providing both broad biochemical knowledge and deep training in specific research disciplines.
In addition to competitive stipends, our graduate students enjoy access to individualized faculty-student mentoring, cutting edge research facilities and a stimulating multicultural environment. Our program is designed to prepare young scientists for leadership positions in industry, government, education, public communication, or as independent researchers.


The OSU Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s PhD program is highly research-oriented, giving students advanced research training, and is designed to enhance a student’s critical thinking, scientific communication and leadership skills.


Biochemistry and Molecular Biology doctoral candidates take a minimum of 30 credit hours of advanced graduate coursework and hands-on workshops, and a maximum of 60 credit hours of independent research for a total of 90 credit hours. The course requirements are determined with the assistance and approval of the student’s advisory committee, and can be tailored to the student’s career goals.


Research and Faculty

Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyStudents can pursue research with faculty working in diverse areas:

  • Plant Biology and Genetics
  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Cancer, Metabolism and Obesity
  • Antibiotic Resistance and Infectious Disease
  • Structural Biology and Drug Development
  • Cell Biology, Epigenetics and Molecular Signaling 
  • Center for Genomics and Proteomics

Meet our Departmental Faculty



To apply for the biochemistry and molecular biology graduate degree program submit an application for admission to the OSU Graduate College including:

  • Official transcript(s)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
    • School Code: 6546, Department Code: 0202
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable): 79 internet based test (iBT) or 6.5 on the IELTS
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Personal statement of explaining why you are interested in the graduate program
  • Three letters of reference (must be submitted electronically)


Cost and Assistance

All students accepted into the department’s PhD program are supported by competitive graduate research or teaching assistantships. Assistantships come with a full wavier of tuition, and a generous University supplement for health insurance. In addition to graduate assistantships, our graduate students can compete for departmental, college and University scholarships and awards.


Cost and Aid

Assistantships and Funding Opportunities


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