The Graduate Program in Biochemistry is part of a large, diverse, and highly interactive community of biological scientists that form the Graduate Program in Molecular Biosciences at Rutgers University. This consortium is currently made up of five graduate programs from the two adjacent universities and functions to coordinate the recruitment, admissions, and first year core curriculum of Ph.D. students, as well as helping our students in selecting Ph.D. research advisers from among the more than 200 faculty members on campus.
The Biochemistry Program currently has approximately 100 faculty members from a number of departments in the two universities. Faculty research spans a wide variety of topics, including: DNA replication and transcription, virus gene expression, tumor biology, structural biochemistry, signal transduction and molecular targeting, protein chemistry and enzymology. Additional or alternative studies are designed to meet individual needs. Thus graduate students have the opportunity to select additional study areas in their work.
The Biochemistry Program offers advanced studies leading to the Ph.D. degree:
The Ph.D. requirements include a set of core courses during their first year. In addition students are required to conduct laboratory research, pass parts I and II of the qualifying examination, and write and defend a research dissertation. All Ph.D. students are guaranteed a stipend of $28,455 in addition to health coverage and tuition remission for the duration of their graduate studies, provided that academic standards are met and progress towards a Ph.D. is maintained.
As a result of The New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act effective July 1, 2013, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, formerly affiliated with UMDNJ, became part of Rutgers.