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The doctoral program in Biochemistry at The Graduate Center offers students a wide range of research opportunities and the mentorship of renowned faculty.

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Ph.D. in Biochemistry
Full Time
January 1 (Fall Enrollment only) 212-817-8085

Students benefit from a graduate program that is dedicated to their needs and that encompasses the remarkable faculty and facilities of the senior colleges of CUNY, the nation’s largest urban public university.

The science of biochemistry draws from fundamental chemical theory and research techniques to explore problems in biology. Graduate Center students participate in research early in their graduate careers and participate in a dynamic seminar and colloquium program.

The Best of CUNY

student researchers in a lab at the ASRC

The Ph.D. in Biochemistry draws exceptional faculty from CUNY’s senior colleges and provides access to labs and teaching opportunities on these campuses, including Brooklyn College, The City College of New York, Hunter College, The College of Staten Island, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Lehman College, Queens College and York College.

At the Center of Research in NYC

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The New York metropolitan area research environment is one of the most dynamic and diverse research clusters in the world, including institutions such as Columbia University, Rockefeller University, New York University, and Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Our faculty collaborate with scientists and conduct research at leading institutions across the city.

Fund Your Education

The Biochemistry program works actively to match students with appropriate sources of financial support. Incoming Ph.D. students are automatically considered for five-year fellowships offered by The Graduate Center, and all students can pursue additional fellowships, grants, and awards to help defray the costs associated with their research or other academic activities, including the Doctoral Student Research Grant and funding opportunities for students from underrepresented groups.

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Eleanore Wurtzel (Lehman College) speaks on her paper Revolutionizing Agriculture with Synthetic Biology (Nature Plants, November 2019) on Urban U from CUNY TV.

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