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.




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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