Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics (Ph.D.)

Our understanding of biological function has advanced due to a synthesis of molecular genetics, biochemistry, and insights gained from molecular structural information. Taking a quantitative, physical approach leads to innovation.

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Illinois Tech's Ph.D. program is tailored to fit your background and goals. The department has state-of-the-art computer and laboratory equipment in which to conduct research in the areas of molecular biochemistry and biophysics.

In addition, the department constructs and operates facilities for X-ray scattering and imaging at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. The department offers graduate programs leading to Ph.D. degrees in biology, concentrating educational and research activities in the areas of biochemistry, bioinformatics, cell and molecular biology, and microbiology. Graduate education in molecular biochemistry and biophysics is available on either a full- or a part-time basis.

Program Overview

The Ph.D. program is tailored to fit your background and goals. The department has state-of-the-art computer and laboratory equipment in which to conduct research, including facilities for X-ray scattering and imaging at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory.

Career Opportunities

There are many fields in which molecular biochemists and biophysicists are in demand.

  • Pharmaceutical R&D
  • Biomedical systems engineer
  • Biomedical researcher
  • Field service engineer

Completion of an M.S. degree is not typically required for admission to the Ph.D. program. You must take and pass the written Ph.D. qualifying examination in order to enter into candidacy for the doctorate. In addition, you will be required to pass a comprehensive examination taken prior to performing the major portion of the dissertation research. The Ph.D. program is subject to approval at the time of filing the program of study. 

  • GRE: 310 (quantitative and verbal), 3.0 (analytical writing)
  • GPA: 3.0/4.0