Plant samples in a Forestry Lab

Focus on biochemistry and molecular biology in variety of subject areas. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) is an interdisciplinary PhD program at Michigan Technological University. Built on the strengths of graduate programs in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, BMB students and faculty come together to seek answers to some of the world's most pressing problems.

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.

Areas of Interest

  • Algal extracellular polymers
  • Antisense therapeutics
  • Bioinformatics and systems biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Cancer and MEMS
  • Cellular Identity
  • Conservation genetics
  • Computational biology
  • Ecological and population genetics of trees
  • Evolution and development of complex animal color patterns in Drosophila
  • Evolution of mushroom poison resistance in Drosophila
  • Functional genomics of plant defences
  • Gene silencing and microRNAs
  • Genomics
  • Glycobiology
  • Histones and bromodomains
  • Human diseases including diabetes and cancer
  • Human health
  • Molecular genetics
  • Nanobiomaterials
  • Nanotechnology and nanomedicine
  • Nucleic acid chemistry
  • Phytoremediation
  • Plant biology
  • Plant genetics and secondary metabolism
  • Plant–microbe interactions
  • Plant phosphoinositides and phytases
  • Plant comparative and functional genomics
  • Protein-aggregation diseases and protein misfolding
  • Stem cell and tissue engineering and biomaterials
  • Synthetic methodologies
  • Transcriptional, developmental, and cancer biology
  • Tree biotechnology
  • Vascular Engineering

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