A wide variety of exciting research opportunities is available to graduate students in the Biochemistry Department. Research interests of our faculty range from fundamental problems in cellular physiology and organization such as gene regulation, RNA and protein structure, enzyme mechanisms, metabolism, and signal transduction, to important health and societal issues such as human disease and biofuels.
Our research takes advantage of powerful model systems including viruses, bacteria, protozoa, yeast and plants, and a broad range of modern tools and techniques drawn from the disciplines of chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and genetics.
The department offers a stimulating and collegial atmosphere where
scientific ideas and techniques are freely shared. In addition to their
advisor and labmates, students interact with other faculty members
and researchers throughout the department. Moreover, many of
our faculty and graduate students collaborate with life scientists
in other departments or programs at Purdue and other institutions
in the US and abroad. These dynamic interactions greatly enrich
the training experience. Summaries of individual research
programs can be accessed through the faculty pages.
The ability to obtain national research grants is essential to
provide support for graduate students. Research in the Department
of Biochemistry is supported by faculty grants from the National
Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department
of Energy, the American Chemical Society, the American Cancer
Society, the United States Department of Agriculture, the American
Heart Association, and selected industry sources.