graduate program in Biological Chemistry at The Johns
Hopkins University School of Medicine offers training
in cutting-edge biomedical research for outstanding
students. The BC faculty offers a wide variety
of research topics, that range from detailed studies
of the structure and function of single molecules to
complex biological processes studied in vivo. Faculty
research interests include the molecular mechanisms
underlying the sensation of light, heat and pain, the
cellular and molecular basis of embryonic development,
wound healing, cell differentiation, motility, and adhesion,
DNA replication, RNA processing, protein structure and
folding, the structure and function of carbohydrate
modifications, water channels, ion channels, and diseases
such as diabetes, obesity, and cancer.
curriculum begins with course-work, which
includes both formal lecture modules
as well as a literature-based discussion
course involving the entire BC faculty.
Crucial components of the first year
are the 2-3 laboratory rotations that introduce the
new student to research techniques and approaches
in laboratories of his/her choice. At the conclusion
of these rotations the student will commit to a particular
laboratory and pursue a Ph.D. thesis research project.
An oral qualifying examination will be administered
after completion of the first-year course curriculum.
The objective of this Ph.D. program is to prepare
young scientists for independent careers in biomedical