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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2023-24

Biochemistry & Cell Biology - Graduate

Chair: Charles K. Barlowe

Professors C. K. Barlowe (Biochemistry & Cell Biology), T. Y. Chang (Biochemistry & Cell Biology), D. A. Compton (Biochemistry & Cell Biology), J. C. Dunlap (Molecular & Systems Biology and Biochemistry & Cell Biology), S. A. Gerber (Molecular & Systems Biology and Biochemistry & Cell Biology), H. N. Higgs (Biochemistry & Cell Biology), A. N. Kettenbach (Biochemistry & Cell Biology), F. J. Kull (Chemistry), S. Lacefield (Biochemistry & Cell Biology), G. E. Lienhard (Biochemistry & Cell Biology), J. J. Loros (Biochemistry & Cell Biology and Molecular & Systems Biology), D. R. Madden (Biochemistry & Cell Biology), D. F. Mierke (Chemistry), J. B. Moseley (Biochemistry & Cell Biology), E. V. Pletneva (Chemistry), S. Supattapone (Biochemistry & Cell Biology and Medicine), W. T. Wickner (Biochemistry & Cell Biology), L. A. Witters (Medicine and Biochemistry & Cell Biology); Professors Emeriti C. N. Cole (Biochemistry & Cell Biology and Molecular & Systems Biology), O. A. Scornik (Biochemistry & Cell Biology); Associate Professors P. Avasthi (Biochemistry & Cell Biology), L. C. Myers (Medical Education and Biochemistry & Cell Biology), M. J. Ragusa (Chemistry); Research Associate Professor R. V. Stan (Biochemistry & Cell Biology and Pathology); Assistant Professors, J. E. Landino (Biochemistry & Cell Biology), J. Lee (Engineering), P. R. Malaney (Biochemistry & Cell Biology), P. J. Robustelli (Chemistry), C. J. Shoemaker (Biochemistry & Cell Biology).

Undergraduate students interested in a major program involving biochemistry should refer to the major in Biology (Biochemistry area of concentration) offered by the Department of Biological Sciences and to the major in Biophysical Chemistry offered by the Department of Chemistry.

The Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Cell Biology is administered by the Biochemistry & Cell Biology Department of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. The courses listed below are primarily designed for graduate students. The student should decide, in consultation with his/her committee and course instructors, whether his/her background is appropriate for the content of the course.


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Requirements for the Doctor’s Degree (Ph.D.)

To qualify for award of the Ph.D. degree, a student must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Satisfactory completion of a year-long graduate-level sequence in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology; a one-term teaching assignment; and a three-term course in laboratory biochemistry. The last will consist of three small research projects, conducted in rotation with different faculty members for periods of about three months each.
  2. Satisfactory completion of three other graduate-level courses in biochemistry or related disciplines.
  3. Satisfactory completion of two approved ethics courses.
  4. Attendance at the weekly seminar series of the Program.
  5. Participation in a journal club during fall, winter and spring terms every year and in the weekly Research in Progress series.
  6. Satisfactory completion of a written and oral qualifying examination.
  7. Satisfactory completion of a significant research project and preparation of a thesis acceptable to the thesis advisory committee.
  8. Successful defense of the thesis in an oral examination and presentation of the work in a lecture.