PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Year 1

  G715 Biomed I – Biomedical Science I – Biochemical Basis of Biological Processes 3
G716 Biomed II – Biomedical Science II – Molecular Biology and Genetics 3
G717 Biomed III – Biomedical Science III – Cellular Basis of Systems Biology 3
G718 Research in Biomedical Science (1st rotation) 2
  G655 Research Communication Seminar 1
G718 Research in Biomedical Science Rotations 2 and 3 4
Students will take 6 credits from the IBMG open enrollment electives in Spring 6

Biochemistry students must take at least two of the six 2-credit Biochemistry “core” courses (G805, 807, 817, 848, 852, 825) shown below (offered among the Spring IBMG electives or offered in Fall). These may also be taken in later years.

  Biochemistry Core Courses Offered in Spring:  
G817 Molecular basis of cell structure and function 2
G852 Concepts of cancer biology 2
G807 Structural and chemical biology 2
  Biochemistry Core Courses Offered in Fall:  
G805 Diabetes and Obesity 2
G825 Advanced Topics in Molecular Biology 2
Year 2
IBMG open enrollment electives
G505 Responsible conduct of Research 1
G855 Experimental Design and Research Biostatistics

B803 Advanced Biochemistry
This course in grant writing will culminate in the submission and oral defense of an “NIH or NSF style” grant proposal on the students intended research topic. The assigned grade for this course is dependent on the successful defense of the proposal that will serve as a qualifying exam and be required for advancement to Candidacy.  

Years 2-5
  Seminar B890 8

B855 Research project
Work in the field of the candidate's thesis. Emphasis on ability to pursue research with relative independence and responsibility.

  Total credits (including research credits) ≥90

How to Apply:

If you have questions contact:

IBMG Program Director
Indiana University School of Medicine - Graduate Division
Medical Science Building Room 207
635 Barnhill Drive - Room 4067A
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5120 USA
Phone: 317.274.3441
FAX: 317.278.5211


Financial Aid

Ph.D.  students receive competitive stipends, tuition scholarships, and health insurance.



  • Students will be questioned on topics outside of their thesis work during their thesis proposal oral defense in B803.  Passing of this defense (with B/3.0 grade or better) will be required for advancement to candidacy.

  • Students will be enrolled for credit in B890 in years 2-5 in which they will present a seminar each year as well as attend all student and faculty seminars. Student seminars will generally be of a "journal club" format, where current, published work in the field of biochemistry is presented.  Students who have advanced to candidacy may present their own lab work upon approval of course director and thesis advisor.

  • After choosing a laboratory for thesis research, an advisory committee consisting of at least 3 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and 1 external faculty member will be formed with the approval of the thesis advisor and departmental chairperson.  Upon advancement to candidacy a thesis  research committee will be similarly formed that may consist of different faculty.

  • Students must score at least B- on each course and maintain at least a B average (3.0 minimal GPA).

  • MD/PhD students will not be required to take G715-717 but will be expected to perform lab rotations (G718) during summer breaks from medical school classes.  They will take B848 and at least one more of the 2-credit Biochemistry "core" courses (G805, 807, 817, 848, 852, 825) along with other courses     required of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology PhD students (G505, G655, G855, B803 and B890) plus 2 credits from other department offerings.


Other information:

Living and Housing Costs

Dormitories and apartments for single or married students are available on campus, along with a variety of dining facilities.  Many pleasant residential areas are within a 20-minute drive of the campus.  The general cost-of-living index is substantially lower than in most metropolitan areas.


Student Group

Health science programs at the Medical Center enroll more than 11,000 students, including 289 graduate students in nine basic science  programs.  Total enrollment at the Indianapolis campus is 28,000, including undergraduates and part-time students.


Student Outcomes

Over the last ten years, approximately two thirds of graduates have taken academic positions and one third has taken industrial positions.


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