University of Vermont

2013-2014 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.


The biochemistry faculty is actively engaged in the education of undergraduate, graduate and medical students. The 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 is part of the new graduate program in Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Sciences (CMB Link out of catalogue site.) which provides focused research training in a variety of current areas in biochemistry and cellular biology. Students begin with rotations to introduce them to the research and faculty of the program, while taking courses that provide a broad exposure to the biochemical sciences. Both Ph.D. and M.S. degrees are awarded.

Many students in the CMB program conduct their thesis research with one of twenty-four full-time or adjunct faculty members. 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.

Advanced topic courses, combined with an engaging weekly seminar series, give students the opportunity to build a working knowledge of the major areas currently under investigation in biochemistry and related fields. Students working for faculty with the department are encouraged to 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.