Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Develop Skills in Demand Worldwide

Society’s growing need to understand and respond to problems at the biochemical and molecular levels is boundless. Researchers are rapidly developing powerful tools in order to analyze and model complex processes and systems in the areas of human health, medicine, forestry, and agriculture. Advancements being made include mapping complete genomes, creating multi-scale computer models, and employing technologies such as pharmacogenomics, or the science of designing specific therapies for people based on individual genomes.

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) PhD program at Michigan Tech is where pioneering students and expert faculty come together and seek answers to some of the world's most pressing problems. Built on the strength of preexisting graduate programs in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, the interdisciplinary BMB program provides students with the opportunity to focus on the study of biochemistry and molecular biology within a variety of subject areas.

Areas of Emphasis

  • Algal extracellular polymers
  • Ecological and population genetics of trees
  • Evolution and development of complex animal color patterns in Drosophila
  • Evolution of mushroom poison resistance in Drosophila
  • Gene silencing and microRNAs
  • Glycomics and glycoproteomics
  • Histones and bromodomains
  • Human diseases including diabetes and cancer
  • Nanotechnology and nanomedicine
  • Phytoremediation
  • Plant–microbe interactions
  • Plant phosphoinositides and phytases
  • Plant comparative and functional genomics
  • Protein-aggregation diseases and protein misfolding
  • Tree biotechnology