University of Vermont

2012-2013 Catalogue

Biochemistry Department

Contact Information

University of Vermont
Biochemistry Department
C401 Given Building
89 Beaumont Ave.
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405-0068

Phone: (802) 656-2220
Fax: (802) 656-8220

Web Site Link out of catalogue site.


Biochemistry faculty is actively engaged in the education of undergraduate, graduate and medical students. Our department shares in the education of undergraduate students through the interdisciplinary Biochemistry program with faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). This program offers B.S. degrees as well as a minor and draws upon many university resources to provide students with a cutting-edge education with which to enter the job market or to continue on to a graduate or professional degree program.

The department also offers a graduate program of focused research training in a variety of current areas of biochemistry and molecular biology. Students begin with rotations to introduce them to the research and faculty of the department, while taking courses that provide a broad exposure to the biochemical sciences. Both Ph.D. and M.S. degrees are awarded.

Advanced topic courses, combined with an engaging weekly seminar series featuring outstanding visiting scientists, give students the opportunity to build a working knowledge of the major areas currently under investigation in biochemistry and related fields. Each semester, students participate in a separate weekly series of student seminars where they give presentations on a variety of subjects which will hone their communication skills preparing them for future presentations in a classroom or national meeting.

Thesis research is conducted with one of sixteen full-time or adjunct faculty members. Students select a faculty mentor at the end of their first year and immediately begin their thesis research. The department maintains a high level of extramurally funded research in a variety of areas, including protein biochemistry, enzymology, structural biology, cancer biology, gene expression, protein-nucleic acid interactions, cell-surface events, and intracellular and extracellular signaling.

The program requires a series of three qualifying exams in the first 2 ½ years, including an oral exam covering basic biochemistry, a written thesis proposal, and the preparation and defense of an NIH-style grant proposal. The average time to complete the Ph.D. program is five years.



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