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Why apply to Clark’s doctoral program in biochemistry?

The intimate size of the biochemistry doctoral program in the Gustaf H. Carlson School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Clark University provides students with a wealth of opportunities, including the option to engage in research with faculty from day one.

Drawing upon extensive state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, and resources, students may conduct research addressing some of today’s most important challenges in areas including protein structure and function, chemical biology and catalysis, and organic and medicinal chemistry.

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

Our program combines faculty expertise and broad research infrastructure with a supportive environment where students receive mentoring in research and preparation for rewarding careers.

Our Community

The biochemistry doctoral program invites independent, academically driven students to join our diverse and supportive community of scholars and life-long 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.

Our academic environment fosters a sense of community and shared purpose among our students, research staff and faculty. Notably, our Central Massachusetts location allows students easy access to the local biotechnology and scientific community, a booming industry within the commonwealth.


A Growing Alumni Network

Centered amid Massachusetts’ flourishing biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries, Clark’s biochemistry Ph.D. program prepares graduate students for rewarding careers.

During the program, 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 students attractive job candidates.

Alumni have gone on to 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 to 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
  • Signal transduction

Explore Ph.D. courses in biochemistry

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Doctoral Research

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

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Research Facilities

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

Contact Information

Gustaf H. Carlson School of Chemistry

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    Worcester, MA 01610

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