Welcome to the Biochemistry and Biophysics Emphasis Area within our Translational Biosciences PhD Program at the prestigious School of Medicine! Rooted in the convergence of biology, chemistry, and physics, this emphasis area offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the biochemical and molecular intricacies underpinning human health and disease.

Our faculty members are leaders in their respective fields, conducting groundbreaking research that spans from understanding fundamental biochemical, biophysical, and cellular mechanisms to elucidating the structural dynamics of biomolecules. As a student in this program, you will have access to state-of-the-art laboratories and cutting-edge technologies, empowering you to conduct innovative research that has the potential to transform human and animal health.

At the heart of our program lies a commitment to translational research, where scientific discoveries are translated into practical applications that directly impact human and animal health outcomes. Through rigorous coursework and hands-on laboratory experiences, students in the Biochemistry and Biophysics Emphasis Area are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to bridge the gap between bench and bedside, and the field and table. Whether investigating the molecular basis of disease, developing novel therapeutics, or exploring basic mechanisms of life, our students are at the forefront of translating scientific knowledge into applied and clinical practice, driving forward the field of translational biosciences.

Furthermore, our program fosters a collaborative and interdisciplinary research environment, where students have the opportunity to engage with experts from diverse fields across the School of Medicine and beyond. Collaborative projects and interdisciplinary training not only enrich the academic experience but also provide invaluable networking opportunities and perspectives that are essential for addressing complex biomedical and world health challenges. Join us in our mission to advance translational biosciences through cutting-edge research, collaborative innovation, and a commitment to improving human and animal health.

In addition to rigorous academic training and research experiences, our Biochemistry and Biophysics Emphasis Area provides students with a wealth of professional and career opportunities. Graduates emerge prepared for a variety of career paths in academia, industry, government agencies, and the nonprofit sector. Whether pursuing tenure-track faculty positions, research scientist roles in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, or leadership positions in regulatory agencies, our alumni are well-equipped with the skills and expertise to excel in diverse professional settings. Moreover, our program emphasizes professional development through workshops, seminars, and networking events, ensuring that students graduate with the essential skills in communication, project management, and leadership necessary for success in today's competitive job market. With a strong alumni network and ongoing support from faculty mentors, students in our program are empowered to pursue fulfilling and impactful careers in translational biosciences.

Collaborations in the University of Missouri System

The collaborative nature of the School of Medicine and the University of Missouri System and its multiple schools strengthens our research. University of Missouri is one of only a handful of public institutions nationwide that have a medical school, veterinary medicine college, law school, agriculture college (CAFNR) and engineering college on the same campus along with an interdisciplinary life sciences research center, a precision health research facility and the highest-power university nuclear research reactor.

Students in the Biochemistry and Biophysics emphasis area will have the opportunity to work in laboratories throughout MU’s Campus based on the choice of mentor and research collaborators.

Many researchers are housed in the following departments and facilities:

Students will also have access to many core facilities to assist in their doctoral research: