About Graduate Studies in Molecular Biosciences

As a graduate student in Molecular Biosciences at the University of Chicago, you will have an exceptional opportunity to engage in graduate studies that provide integrated, cross-disciplinary training in the molecular aspects of biology. Our programs embrace a broad range of research interests and offer great flexibility in options for study and research. They are designed to enable you to pursue your individual interests while ensuring that you receive rigorous training in areas central to your discipline.

Twenty to twenty-five full time graduate students matriculate in Molecular Biosciences each year, and there are about 100 students in all years of study. Students matriculate into one of five degree-granting programs and can change their affiliation during their first year. The five programs are:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Committee on Development, Regeneration and Stem Cell Biology
  • Committee on Genetics, Genomics and Systems Biology
  • Human Genetics

We offer a core curriculum of courses in cell biology, genetics, and molecular biology on which students in all five programs base their study. The requirements for each program vary slightly: each student designs an individual program of coursework in consultation with their academic advisor, and may select courses during the first two quarters of residence that facilitate transition between programs.

In the Molecular Biosciences cluster, more than 100 faculty research labs comprise an innovative and dynamic research environment. Our significant resources, enabled in part by our association with the University of Chicago Medical Center, assure access to the broad range of instruments used in modern biological research. For example, we have core facilities for deep sequencing, bionformatic analysis, peptide analysis, biophysical analysis, animal research and confocal, electron ,and super-resolution microscopy. Shared research facilities are readily available for computer graphics, protein and nucleic acid chemistry, fluorescence-activated cell sorting, x-ray crystallography, and nuclear magnetic resonance. Cluster-wide seminars, colloquia, journal and data clubs, and an annual retreat provide numerous opportunities for hearing about the latest research in Molecular Biosciences, for students to present their own work, and for developing broad interactions and collaborations among students and faculty. Please see our calendar for the latest information about seminars and other events in the Molecular Biosciences cluster.