Graduate Program in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Graduate School UConn Health

Graduate Program in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Graduate School UConn Health

Farmington, CT
location
Public
type
Suburban
setting
56%
44%
student ratio
18
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
December 1
fall application deadline
22%
acceptance rate
3 Degrees Offered
degrees offered

Overview

The PhD in Biomedical Science at UConn Health Offers a Concentration in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Students interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms that underlie human disease will find a home in the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (MBB) Graduate Program. From cancer to host-pathogen interactions, our students study the proteins and pathways involved with an eye toward improving disease diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.

MBB students are affiliated with the Department of Molecular Biology and Biophysics, which provides a rigorous, yet supportive community of faculty, students and staff to guide them through the PhD degree process.

The primary goal of the MBB Graduate Program is to train students for the broad range of careers available in biomedical science. Whether the graduate pursues a career in academic research, biomedical industry, teaching, government or any of the other careers now available to PhDs in biomedical science, we have attempted to prepare them with a solid base of knowledge, critical thinking skills and the confidence in their abilities to be successful. Graduates are expected to have demonstrated a high degree of competence in research, as judged by publications in first-rank journals. They will have developed essential skills in identifying important research problems, planning appropriate experimental approaches, and effectively communicating their research results and their significance both orally and in written form. The success of our students in these areas is exemplified by the number of first-author publications in quality scientific journals and awards received both internally at UConn Health and from national and international conferences and societies.

Categories of faculty research:
- Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
- Structural Biology and Biophysics
- Computational and Modeling
- Cellular Pathways
- Cancer Biology

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Offers a Stimulating Environment and Complete Physical Research Facilities

UConn Health offers an excellent education in a stimulating, cutting edge research environment. The Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Program offers complete physical research facilities. There is research equipment, as well as expertise, for all areas of genetic, biochemical, molecular, cellular, and biophysical investigation. The department houses the UConn Health NMR Structural Biology Facility, which includes a 400-MHz NMR spectrometer and cryoprobe-equipped 500- and 600-MHz NMR spectrometers, as well as a circular dichroism spectropolarimeter, isothermal titration calorimeter, and multi-angle laser light scattering facilities. An 800-MHz NMR spectrometer and X-ray crystallography facilities are planned. The department also houses the UConn Health Structural Biology Computational Facility, which includes a bank of Mac and Linux desktop computers connected to ultrafast servers with the latest structural biology software. Facilities are also available for electron and confocal laser scanning microscopy, low-light-level imaging microscopy (in the state-of-the-art Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling), protein purification and sequencing, cell culture, monoclonal antibody production, DNA oligonucleotide and peptide synthesis and sequencing, and gene silencing using RNAI.

Financial Aid at UConn Health

Support for doctoral students engaged in full-time degree programs at UConn Health is provided on a competitive basis. Graduate research assistantships for 2016-17 provide a stipend of $29,000 per year, a waiver of tuition/university fees for the fall and spring semesters and a student health insurance plan.

More information on the admissions process is available.

UConn Health Campus Offers Impressive Facilities and Provides Opportunities for Student Involvement

The 200-acre UConn Health campus at Farmington houses a division of the University of Connecticut Graduate School, as well as the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine. The campus also includes the John Dempsey Hospital, associated clinics, and extensive medical research facilities, all in a centralized facility with more than 1 million square feet of floor space. The Academic Research Building, built in 1999, is an impressive eleven-story structure providing 170,000 square feet of laboratory space and renovations are underway in the main Laboratory building, converting existing lab space into state-of-the-art open lab areas. In addition, the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine opened its 189,000-square-foot facility on the UConn Health campus in fall 2014. There are more than 260 full-time members at UConn Health.

The institution has a strong commitment to graduate study within an environment that promotes social and intellectual interaction among the various educational programs. Graduate students are represented on various administrative committees concerned with curricular affairs, and the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) represents graduate students' needs and concerns to the faculty and administration, in addition to fostering social contact among graduate students at UConn Health.

UConn Health Enjoys a Beautiful Setting and Is Convenient to Numerous Opportunities

Set in the beautiful New England countryside on a hill overlooking the Farmington Valley, it is close to ski areas, hiking trails, and facilities for boating, fishing, and swimming. Connecticut's capital city of Hartford, seven miles east of Farmington, is the center of an urban region of approximately 800,000 people. The beaches of the Long Island Sound are about 50 minutes away to the south, and the beautiful Berkshires are a short drive to the northwest. New York City and Boston can be reached within 2 1/2 hours by car.

Hartford is the home of the acclaimed Hartford Stage Company, TheatreWorks, the Hartford Symphony and Chamber orchestras, two ballet companies, an opera company, the Wadsworth Athenaeum (the oldest public art museum in the nation), the Mark Twain house, the Hartford Civic Center, and many other interesting cultural and recreational facilities. The area is also home to several branches of the University of Connecticut, Trinity College, and the University of Hartford, which includes the Hartt School of Music.

Bradley International Airport (about 30 minutes from campus) serves the Hartford/Springfield area with frequent airline connections to major cities in the U.S. and abroad. Frequent bus and rail service is also available from Hartford.

The Hartford Area Offers a Wide Range of Affordable Housing Options

There is a wide range of affordable housing options in the greater Hartford area within easy commuting distance of the campus, including an extensive complex that is adjacent to UConn Health. Students interested in the program should note that university housing is not available at UConn Health.


Location & Contact

Graduate Program in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Graduate School
UConn Health

263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030
United States

Ms. Stephanie Rauch

Coordinator

Phone: 860-679-4509

Request More Info

Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Biochemistry Doctor of Dental Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (DMD/PhD)
      Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 0
    • Doctoral Degrees 5
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Comp Exam Required and Thesis Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

22% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 216
    • Accepted 48
    • Acceptance Rate 22
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 1st December 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assistantships, Health Care Benefits

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students18
    • Female Percentage56%
    • Male Percentage44%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students18
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American6%
    • White / Caucasian33%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian11%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races17%
    • Unknown or International Student33%

Research

  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchMolecular biology, structural biology, protein biochemistry, microbial physiology and pathogenesis
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported


Videos


Facebook



Log in to Peterson's

Forgot your password?

To reset your password, simply enter your email address in the field below and click the Reset Password button. You will receive an email with a link and instructions to reset your password.

Check your email

Please check your email and click on the link provided in the message to reset your password.

{{SchoolName}}

I certify that I am the subscriber to the provided cellular or other wireless number and I authorize {{SchoolName}} and its representatives and agents to contact me regarding educational opportunities at any current and future numbers that I provide for my cellular telephone or other wireless device using automatic dialing systems, artificial or prerecorded messages, and/or SMS text messages, even if I will be charged by my service provider(s) for receiving such communications. Consent is not a condition for receiving more information from {{SchoolName}}, and I understand that if I no longer wish to receive communications, I will need to contact {{SchoolName}} to alter this consent.

Disagree Agree

Peterson’s September $1,000 Scholarship

Think she is smiling over homework? No way! She just found the easiest scholarship ever! Take 2 minutes to apply for our $1,000 scholarship

Yeah, get me started!