About Biochemistry at the University of Colorado - Boulder
Established in 1986, the Biochemistry Division spans a wide range of fields from Bioinformatics and Cellular and Molecular Biology, to Synthetic and Biophysical Chemistry. The current areas of focus involve:
- Nucleic Acid Chemistry and Biochemistry, including RNA structure and function and mechanisms of Transcription and Replication
- Structural Biology, including X-ray and NMR, Proteomics, and Informatics
- Molecular Biophysics and Signal Transduction
- Proteomics, Genomics, and Bio-informatics
- And much more
The current Biochemistry faculty include a Nobel Laureate, three members of the National Academy of Sciences, three Howard Hughes Investigators, a Howard Hughes Early Career Scientist, three NIH MERIT Awardees, three former NIH Career Development Awardees, an NSF CAREER Awardee, two former Guggenheim fellows, a former Pew Scholar, a former Beckman Young Investigator, two former Searle Scholars, and two University Distinguished Professors.
In the past several years the Biochemistry faculty has averaged a total of approximately 50 papers in scholarly journals. These papers overwhelmingly include graduate students and post-doctorates as coauthors. The Biochemistry Divisions has a vibrant graduate program and participates in three NIH-funded training grants, which support PhD training for current students. Approximately 60% of the recent PhDs in the Division go on to perform postdoctoral research and most graduates end up with a position in academia or in the biotech and/or pharmaceutical industry.
Research in Biochemistry laboratories is currently supported at a level of $440,000/yr per lab. Furthermore, the Biochemistry Division had external awards of $13 million in FY 2013. The largest source of funding is the National Institutes of Health, and additional funding sources include:
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute
- National Science Foundation
- Department of Energy
- Department of Defense
- Pew Foundation
- W. M. Keck Foundation
- Beckman Foundation
- American Cancer Society
- American Heart Association
- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Individual faculty collaboration with industrial partners and contracts/gifts to support research in Biochemistry are currently provided by Agilent Technologies, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, InDevR, Somalogic, and Array Biopharma.
In short, The Biochemistry Division of University of Colorado at Boulder offers a world-class interdisciplinary research environment in a beautiful mountain setting.
The link above to suggested undergraduate course requirements are just that, suggested. We have accepted students who have undergraduate majors in Biology, Chemistry,Genomics, MCD Biology, Bioinformatics, Chemical Engineering and many other majors. Keep in mind that lab research is also highly considered for admissionand this research can be paid or unpaid.
Opportunities for Underrepresented Students
The Colorado Advantage Program is intended to introduce college seniors interested in graduate school (PhD) to the outstanding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) doctoral programs at CU-Boulder.
The Colorado Advantage Program will be having a Graduate Preview Weekend November 6-8, 2014. This is an opportunity to preview the Chemistry and Biochemistry PhD Programs at CU-Boulder. Application and details about this weekend are here.
Certificate Program in IQ Biology
Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology - Bioscience with an Altitude
We also participate in the Biofrontiers Institute’s Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology (IQ Biology) program, which offers a two-year fellowship, a diverse interdisciplinary experience, and a certificate upon completion of your PhD. Visit IQBiology.colorado.edu for more information.
Molecular Biophysics at the University of Colorado
The Molecular Biophysics Program at the University of Colorado, jointly sponsored by NIH and CU, is a collaborative effort involving students, postdocs and faculty from four departments on the Boulder campus. Participants share a common interest in biological systems, and seek to understand these systems in terms of physical and chemical principles. Visit biophysics.colorado.edu for more information.