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Ph.D. Program

Chemistry Lab

Why apply to Clark’s Biochemistry and Molecular Biology doctoral program?

Established in 2009, the interdepartmental biochemistry and molecular biology (BCMB) doctoral program offers a student-centered learning experience right from the start. The program’s intimate size provides a wealth of dynamic opportunities, including the option to engage in research with biology or chemistry faculty members from day one.

This agile structure allows students to draw upon extensive state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, and resources of these departments while conducting interdisciplinary research addressing some of today’s most important challenges. The BCMB program offers a variety of research foci, including protein structure and function, chemical biology, molecular genetics, developmental biology, genomics, and molecular evolution.

Graduate students receive full tuition remission for five years, a stipend for teaching assistantships, and when available, research assistantships.

Our growing program combines faculty expertise, research capability, and technology with a supportive environment where students receive mentoring in research and preparation for rewarding careers.

Our Community

The biochemistry and molecular biology doctoral program invites independent, academically-driven students with a vision for their futures to join our robust community of scholars and learners. Collaboration — between faculty, research scientists, fellow graduate students, undergraduates, and our interdisciplinary research partners in the STEM fields  — is at the core of our program.

As such, there is a sense of community and shared purpose among our diverse group of students inside and outside of our labs and research groups. In addition, our Central Massachusetts location allows students access to the local biotechnology and scientific community, a booming industry within the commonwealth.

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A Growing Alumni Network

Centered amid Massachusetts’ flourishing biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries, Clark’s biochemistry and molecular biology Ph.D. program is well positioned to springboard graduate students into rewarding careers.

During the program, our students receive teaching and mentoring experience through assistantships and lab work with faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students. This training, coupled with instruction on scientific writing and communication and partnership opportunities with Worcester’s growing biotech community, makes our students attractive job candidates.

Alumni from our department as well as biology and chemistry, have gone onto work at the following:

  • Academic faculty: Xi’an University, Union College, Paul Smith’s College
  • Post-doctoral fellowships: UPenn Medical School, Peking University, Yale University
  • Industry: Bristol-Myers Squibb, PCI Synthesis, Novartis

Key Details

Our goal is to train graduate students to become independent researchers, respected professionals, and academic and industrial leaders. Our program’s size allows students to build a personalized curriculum tailored to their individual needs, and attend seminars at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Worcester Polytechnic Institute in addition to Clark seminars.

The program offers a variety of specializations including:

  • Protein structure and function
  • Experimental biophysical chemistry
  • NMR spectroscopy
  • Chemical biology
  • Molecular genetics
  • Developmental biology
  • Signal transduction
  • Cell division
  • Molecular evolution

Explore Ph.D. courses in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Graduate Research

Graduate students develop their own research and publish their findings in field-leading publications. With funding support from the Biology and Chemistry Departments, students attend and present their work at national conferences.

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Research Facilities

Graduate students in biochemistry and molecular biology have access to Clark University’s extensive scientific facilities, equipment, and resources — including several NMR spectrometers.

Contact Information

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Office Location
  • Sackler Science Center
    950 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01610
  • 1-508-793-7116