PhD in Translational Biosciences with Emphasis in Biochemistry and Biophysics

The PhD in Translational Biosciences will span the entire breadth of the biomedical research spectrum, from basic science discoveries to improved clinical outcomes. Through close collaborations with the outstanding scientists and clinicians of the Precision Health Institute, the Translational Biosciences PhD program will provide state-of-the-art training to young biomedical scientists at the beginning of their scientific careers.

Degree Requirements

All PhD graduate students in the Translational Biosciences program will complete a total of 72 credit hours, including formal coursework and research credit hours. A minimum of 15 credit hours of formal coursework at the 8000 or 9000 level is required. Graduate students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in their formal coursework. Research credit hours will be graded on a S/U basis.

A modular course structure will focus on Principles and Methodologies and be tailored to the student’s Doctoral Plan of Study. Each module will typically be a ½ semester course, for 1-3 credit hours. Examples of topics that will be covered in the modular courses include: Molecular Cell Biology; Biomolecular NMR; X-Ray Diffraction and Scattering; Fluorescence Probes in Biological Systems; Modern Analytical Biochemistry; Protein Structure Determination by Electron Microscopy. All PhD students will be required to complete at least two modules, along with additional electives.

Additional Course Options
BIOCHM 8434Signaling in Molecular Cell Biology3
BIOCHM 8432Enzymology and Metabolic Regulation3
BIOCHM 9432Molecular Biology II4
BIO_SC 7982Human Inherited Diseases3
BIO_SC 8982Advances in Human Genetic Disorders1
AN_SCI 8415Survey of Epigenetics3
BIO_SC 8300Advanced Plant Genetics3
BIOCHM 8362Introduction to Plant Metabolism2
PLNT_SCI 9415Advanced Plant Physiology1-3
BIOCHM 9468Molecular Biology of Plant Growth and Development3
PLNT_SCI 9540Genetics of Plant-Microorganism Interaction3
CHEM 8150Organic Reaction Mechanisms3
CHEM 8240Mass Spectrometry3
CHEM 8160Organic Spectroscopy3
CHEM 8265Fluorescence Spectroscopy3
INFOINST 8005Applications of Bioinformatics Tools in Biological Research3
PLNT_SCI 8430Introduction to Bioinformatics Programming4