Ph.D. Program

Entry With A Bachelor's Degree
The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is a member of the Graduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Each year, ten to fifteen highly qualified candidates with bachelors’ degrees are accepted into this multidisciplinary Ph.D. program. To assist students in deciding which of the diverse areas of biomedical research is right for them, this program provides students with the opportunity to explore research in as many as five different disciplines during the first year of graduate training.
Students interested in training in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology may indicate interest in being considered for the Abdul Waheed Scholarship in Biochemistry at the time of application to the core graduate program. The scholarship provides support for one Ph.D. student per year, and covers three years of stipend, insurance, and tuition.
Additional Participating Departments
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    Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

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    Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences

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    Department of Pathology

The Training Experience

A Ph.D. student and an M.D./Ph.D. student discuss the aspects and benefits of the Ph.D. program in the Edward A. Doisy Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

First Year Focus
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    Interdisciplinary lecture courses
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    Small group discussions
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    Colloquium series of contemporary developments in the biomedical sciences
Timetable for Admission
Application Requirements
  • Apply to the Graduate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Apply online by going here.

  • Three letters of recommendation from undergraduate instructors or other persons who are familiar with the applicant’s academic performance in science courses and/or in a research setting.
  • Recent scores obtained on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). An advanced subject examination test taken in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, or in cell and molecular biology is encouraged.
  • An official copy of the applicant’s undergraduate transcripts.
  • International applicants must also submit a completed Declaration of Financial Support packet and TOEFL or IELTS scores.
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology