Biochemistry (BCHM)

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; biomolecular nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography; proteomics, metabolomics mass spectrometry; membrane proteins, protein-lipid interaction, membrane structure and function; carbohydrate chemistry, glycobiology; immunology; bio-organic chemistry; post-translational protein modification and signaling; metabolic regulation; enzyme mechanisms; drug metabolism. 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

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.


Graduate Program Office
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry
8051 Regents Drive, Room 1206A
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-21111
Telephone: 301-405-1028 | 301-405-7022



Relationships:  Bioengineering (BIOE), Biological Sciences (BISI), Biophysics (BIPH), Chemical Physics (CHPH), Chemistry (CHEM)



  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (optional)
  • GRE Subject (optional)
  • CV/Resume
  • Description of Research/Work Experience
  • Supplementary Application (contact department)

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:


Type of Applicant Fall Deadline
Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and Permanent Residents April 5, 2024
International Applicants
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants March 8, 2024


Other Deadlines:
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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), X-ray diffractometers and SAXS, fluorimeters, circular dichroism spectrometers, fluorescence- and phosphor-imagers, calorimeter, mass spectrometers, proteomics and genomics core facilities, 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.

Last Name First/Middle Name Graduate Faculty Status Academic Credentials Positions
Beckett Dorothy Full Member B.A., Barnard College, 1980;Ph.D., University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, 1986. Ph.,D, something Professor, Biochemistry
Professor, Chemistry
Dayie Kwaku Full Member B.A. Physics,1990, Hamilton College; PhD., Biophysics, 1996, Harvard University Associate Professor, Biochemistry
Associate Professor, Biophysics
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Fenselau Catherine C. Full Member A.B., Bryn Mawr College, 1961; Ph.D., Stanford University, 1965. Professor, Biochemistry
Professor, Chemistry
Fushman David Full Member M.S., University of Kazan, 1978; Ph.D., University of Kazan, 1985. Associate Director, Biophysics
Professor, Biochemistry
Professor, Chemical Physics
Professor, Chemistry
Herzberg Osnat Full Member B.S., Technion-Israel Institute of Tech-Haifa, 1971; M.S., Weizmann Institute of Science-Rehovoth, 1976; Ph.D., 1982. Professor, Biochemistry
Professor, Chemistry
Affiliate Professor, Biological Sciences
Julin Douglas A. Full Member B.A., Haverford College, 1978 Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 1984. Associate Professor, Biochemistry
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Graduate Director, Biochemistry
Kahn Jason D. Full Member B.A., Harvard University, 1983; Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 1990. Associate Professor, Biochemistry
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Affiliate Associate Professor, Bioengineering
LaRonde Nicole Full Member Associate Professor, Biochemistry
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Lee Jinwoo Full Member B.S., Hanyang University, 2006; M.S., Lehigh University, 2008; Ph.D., Lehigh University, 2013 Assistant Professor, Biochemistry
Lorimer George H. Full Member B.S., University of St. Andrews, 1965;M.S., University of Illinois-Chicago, 1968; Ph.D., Michigan State University,1972. Distinguished University Professor, Biochemistry
Distinguished University Professor, Chemistry
Nemes Peter Full Member M.Sc., Eotvos Lorand University (Budapest, Hungary), 2004; PhD, The George Washington University (Washington, DC), 2009 Associate Professor, Biochemistry
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Orban John P. Full Member B.S., University of Adelaide, 1980; Ph.D.,Australian National University-Canberra, 1985; Ph.D., 1985. Professor, Biochemistry
Professor, Chemistry
Paukstelis Paul Full Member B.S., Biology, 1997, University of Kansas; Ph.D. Molecular Biology, University of Texas at Austin Associate Professor, Biochemistry
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Poulin Myles Full Member Assistant Professor, Biochemistry
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Tiwary Pratyush Full Member n/a, Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry
Assistant Professor, Biophysics
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Wang Lai-Xi Full Member PhD, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of SciencesPostdoc Fellow, Johns Hopkins University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor, Biochemistry
Professor, Chemistry