Biochemistry and Molecular Biology—PhD

This interdisciplinary PhD program responds to a national and international need for more researchers to address problems in the areas of human health, disease treatment, and sustainable environment at a molecular level. Advanced education in biochemistry, molecular biology, and related fields is essential for creative and productive approaches to these problems. Are you ready?

Program Overview

The doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology program’s allows for specialization depending on your goals. Areas include but are not limited to algal polymers, tree genetics, gene silencing and microRNAs, human diseases including diabetes and cancer, plant- microbe interactions, nanotechnology and nanomedicine, and protein misfolding and aggregation diseases.

  • Delivery Options

    • On-Campus: PhD

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program Details

Learn more about the biochemistry and molecular biology program at Michigan Tech. For international students, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is a designated STEM program.

On-Campus Programs

Additional Program Information

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Student Research

"Using fruit flies, my doctoral research focuses on understanding how animals develop their color patterns and discover the regulatory pathways involved in complex color pattern formation in animals."

Mujeeb Shittu
Mujeeb Shittu
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology PhD student and 2021 Graduate School Doctoral Finishing Fellowship Recipient.


Graduate Director

Tarun K. Dam


Sample Areas of Interest

Select areas of interest to help customize your Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program. Sample areas include:

  • Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Genomics

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Application Process and Admissions Requirements

Applications are reviewed on an individual basis using a holistic approach. Fill out our free graduate application online to apply to any of our programs. Official transcripts and scores are not required for the initial application, although you will need to upload them later.

Accredited by HLC

Michigan Tech has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1928. Our Graduate School offers over 125 certificates, master's, and PhD programs to provide our students and the world with what tomorrow needs.

Who You'll Work With

This diverse program includes faculty from biological sciences, chemistry, kinesiology and integrative physiology, as well as faculty from the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science and the College of Engineering.

Where You'll Work

At Michigan Tech, you will work with researchers to develop tools to analyze and model complex processes and systems in the areas of human health, medicine, forestry, and agriculture. Map complete genomes, create multi-scale computer models, and use technologies such as pharmacogenomics. These are some of the projects our students contribute to.

Faculty Spotlight

Stephen Techtmann

Stephen Techtmann
Associate Professor,
Environmental Microbiology

"All of life depends on microbes, but we know so little about this unseen majority."

Microbes are essential to all of life and have amazing potential for biotechnological applications. Techtmann’s research seeks to employ genomics and bioinformatics to study environmental microbial communities to better understand their utility for biotechnological applications.

Program Faculty