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Welcome to the Biochemistry Ph.D. Program at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.


The interdisciplinary science of biochemistry draws from fundamental chemical theory and research techniques as the basis for explorations into problems of biology. Students participate in research early in their graduate work, and engage actively in a broadly based seminar and colloquium program. Check out the areas of faculty research on the left panel.  

Header photo credit: Biochemistry student Sounak Ghosh Roy who investigates the expression of viral envelope protein in mammalian cells infected with flavivirus in the laboratory of Professor Zahra Zakeri at Queens College.

Interested in learning more about the active research at the PhD Program in Biochemistry? View the short clips below to hear faculty talking about their research.


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If you are a doctoral student in your second through sixth year, you are likely eligible to apply for a Doctoral Student Research Grant (Round 16), which can get you up to $1,500 for research, travel, accommodations, conference fees, some supplies not covered by your program, a research assistant, as well as fees (not covered by your program) for libraries, databases, and publication, etc.
The deadline to apply is January 31, 2021, though you are encouraged to start applying soon. You will need to fill out an online application form and get one faculty letter of support.

For more information about the grant and to learn how you can apply through CUNYfirst, check out the DSRG guidelines here:
If you are concerned about the uncertainty of making plans during the times of COVID-19, please note:

  • The spending period for this grant does not start until June 1, 2021, at which point travel restrictions may be looser than they are now.

  • If you are awarded and for some reason you cannot go through with your plan (e.g. the conference you planned to attend is cancelled), you will have the option of changing your original plan (with the approval of your mentor).

Please contact the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs of The Graduate Center, CUNY or email for any questions.