Biochemistry Graduate Program

Graduate Studies in Biochemistry


Biochemistry has been a core component of Purdue University and the College of Agriculture since 1934. Our graduate students experience a rigorous and creative research environment in which they can explore opportunities beyond their primary research area through multi-disciplinary work, teaching, and leadership.


Ongoing areas of research

  • Bioenergy
  • Bioinformatics and Computational Genetics
  • Cancer Biology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Plant Metabolism
  • Proteomics / Mass Spectrometry
  • RNA Biology
  • Structural and Chemical Biology

​Degrees and Programs

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Graduate Certificate (current Purdue undergraduates only)

Application Requirements and Program Details

  • Application deadline December 1
  • Admitting students for fall semester (August)
  • GPA 3.0 or equivalent required
  • GRE scores (within past 5 years)
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 100
  • Three letters of recommendation – one letter from research advisor
  • Application form (Graduate School website)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Diversity Essay (optional)
  • All admitted first-year students complete three lab rotations prior to final lab placement
  • 2018-2019 stipend for Ph.D. program $26,000


Contact Information

For information regarding the Graduate Program:

Elizabeth Tran, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of Biochemistry Graduate Program
ejtran@purdue.edu

For information regarding applications or admissions:

Traci Jordan
Graduate Program Coordinator
tljordan@purdue.edu
Phone: 765-496-7232

Vikki Weake, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – Graduate Admissions Chair
vweake@purdue.edu
765-496-1730
Escape the Ceiling

Samantha Lee


With a master's in biotechnology from the University of Nevada, Reno, Samantha Lee found a position in the biotech industry — and, eventually, a reality check. "You hit a ceiling pretty quick in industry with a master's," Samantha says. Samantha chose to earn her Ph.D. at Purdue University's Department of Biochemistry, focusing her research on catalytic RNA. After all, she isn't much for ceilings — and neither is Purdue Biochemistry. "At Purdue, I work with faculty to establish goals and they foster my creativity to achieve them," Samantha says. "You have more options. You can do anything."

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