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Graduate Director

Julin, Douglas A., Full Member

Distinguished University Professor

Lorimer, George H., Full Member


Beckett, Dorothy, Full Member

Fenselau, Catherine C., Full Member

Fushman, David, Full Member

Herzberg, Osnat, Full Member

Orban, John P., Full Member

Wang, Lai-Xi, Full Member

Associate Professor

Dayie, Kwaku, Full Member

Kahn, Jason D., Full Member

LaRonde-LeBlanc, Nicole, Full Member

Nemes, Peter,

Paukstelis, Paul, Full Member

Assistant Professor

Poulin, Myles,

Tiwary, Pratyush, Non-Member

Professor Emeritus

Hansen, J. Norman, Full Member

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Biochemistry (BCHM)   

Program Title and Classification


Graduate Degree Program

College: Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences


The Graduate Program in Biochemistry offers study leading to Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees. The program emphasizes intensive mentoring, formal and informal training in presentation skills, scientific writing, bioinformatics, teaching chemistry and biochemistry, and professional ethics. Research specialization is available in protein structure, dynamics, and function; protein-protein and protein-nucleic acid interaction; protein and nucleic acid biochemistry; RNA and DNA structure, dynamics, interactions, and function; macromolecular folding and supramolecular assembly; post-translational protein modification and signaling; proteomics; mass spectrometry; biomolecular nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography; enzyme mechanisms; drug metabolism; carbohydrate chemistry, glycobiology; immunology; bio-organic chemistry; membrane structure and function; and metabolic regulation. Several of the biochemistry program faculty are members of the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) or other Related Programs and Campus Units listed below. Further information about the Biochemistry Graduate Program can be found at and

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • CV/Resume
  • Description of Research/Work Experience
  • GRE Subject (optional/highly recommended)

Admission to graduate study in Biochemistry at the University of Maryland requires a minimum of a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or equivalent degree. Applications are normally accepted only from Ph.D.-seeking students. The area in which the undergraduate degree has been earned need not be chemistry or biochemistry, but previous coursework must normally include a minimum of 30 semester or 40 quarter hours of chemistry, including at least 1 year of general chemistry, 1 year of organic chemistry and 1 semester of biochemistry, as well as laboratory courses in organic chemistry and biochemistry. A course in physical chemistry and a laboratory course in analytical chemistry are also desirable. Typical overall grade point averages for successful applicants are 3.0 or greater (on a scale where the average grade is 2.0), and averages in science and math courses are generally higher than this. Three letters of reference indicating a potential for independent, creative scientific research are also required.

The competition for available space may limit admissions to persons with credentials above these minimum requirements.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
17 Jan
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
17 Jan

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Science (M.S.)

Total CreditsCore RequirementsSpecialization Options

Thesis option: 30 credits

Non-thesis option: 30 credits

Core courses (10 credits):

BCHM 671: Protein Chemistry and Enzymic Catalysis (3 credits)

BCHM 675: Biophysical Chemistry (3 credits)

BCHM 661: Nucleic Acids I (2 credits)

BCHM 662: Nucleic Acids II (2 credits)


Thesis option requires 24 credits of coursework (including core courses) with at least 12 credits at the 600 level or higher. In addition, students must complete six credits of BCHM 799: Master's Thesis Research. Students are also required to present one seminar.

Non-thesis option requires 30 credits of coursework (including core courses) with at least 18 credits at the 600 level or higher. This coursework should include six credits of BCHM 699: Special Problems in Biochemistry. Students are also required to submit a scholarly paper.


The M.S. degree program offers both the thesis and non-thesis options. The thesis option requires an oral defense of the thesis. Specific regulations are available from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or from:



Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

1. Doctoral students are required to complete 21 credits of coursework, with 19 credits completed by the end of the fourth semester. In addition, students must complete 12 credits of BCHM 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research. 

2. Non-course requirements include an oral defense of a written research proposal, presentation of a seminar and an independent research proposal, and an oral defense of a publication-quality dissertation that advances the field.

Required courses include:

BCHM 671: Protein Chemistry and Enzymic Catalysis (3)

BCHM 675: Biophysical Chemistry (3)

BCHM 661: Nucleic Acids I (2)

BCHM 662: Nucleic Acids II (2)

BCHM 699: Laboratory rotations (2)

BCHM 677: Computational Tools in Biochemistry (1)

BCHM 889: Seminar (2)

BCHM 698: Literature Seminar in Biochemistry (2)

Electives with advisor approval (minimum of 4 credits)



Specific regulations are available from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or from:


Facilities and Special Resources

Biochemistry faculty and graduate students work in well-equipped, state-of-the-art research laboratories. Instrumentation and facilities that are available for research in biochemistry include analytical and preparative ultracentrifuges, high- and ultra-high field nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers (600, 800, 900, 950 MHz), proteomics and genomics core facilities, mass spectrometers, X-ray diffractometers and SAXS, calorimetry, fluorescence/phosphorimagers, circular dichroism spectrometers, Sanger and next-generation DNA sequencing, microarray, quantitative PCR, electron microscopes, atomic force microscopes, confocal and TIRF fluorescence microscopes, flow cytometer, animal colony, fermentation pilot plant, high-performance computing, and a chemistry-biochemistry library.

Financial Assistance

Ph.D. candidates are normally supported on graduate teaching assistantships during their first year as graduate students. Teaching assistants usually instruct undergraduate laboratory and recitation classes and receive in return a tuition waiver of ten credits each semester, salary, and health care benefits. Ph.D. candidates are normally supported in subsequent years on graduate research assistantships. Financial support is not generally available to M.S. candidates.

Contact Statement

Information on program requirements and the research interests of the faculty may be obtained at



Graduate Programs Office

0129 Chemistry Building,

University of Maryland

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-1028

Fax: 301-314-9121">


Associated Information










biological mass spectrometry; chemical biology; computer modeling of biomacromolecules; enzyme mechanisms; membrane structure; molecular biology; molecular biophysics; nanotechnology; nuclear magnetic resonance/NMR; nucleic acid biochemistry; protein-DNA interactions; protein folding; protein structure; protein dynamics; protein-protein interactions; protein-ligand interactions; proteomics; RNA dynamics; RNA chemical biology; RNA-drug interactions; RNA structure; small-angle scattering; SAXS/SANS; structural biology; X-ray crystallography; bio-organic chemistry; carbohydrate chemistry, glycobiology; immunology.


Bioengineering (BIOE)

Biological Sciences (BISI)

Biophysics (BIPH)

Chemical Physics (CHPH)