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Why Virginia Tech?

The graduate program in the Department of Biochemistry at Virginia Tech prepares students for careers as independent researchers in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, molecular microbiology, biotechnology, and related areas. Training involves a combination of advanced course work, participation in seminars and journal clubs, and laboratory research conducted under the guidance of a faculty committee selected by agreement of the student, the faculty advisor, and the departmental Graduate Committee.

In addition, Student stipends are $25,000 per annum plus tuition and comprehensive health insurance.

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  • Molecular Biology of Cancer
  • Obesity
  • Vector-Borne Diseases
  • Drug Disovery
  • Protein Structure-Function
  • Enzymology
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Metabolomics
  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Computational Biochemistry

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  • Faculty Mentors

    Meet the professors that drive the world class science being performed in The Department of Biochemistry at Virginia Tech.

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    We have a vibrant community of scientists who love to be in the lab, and aren't afraid to have fun outside with colleagues!

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    Student Resources

    From offerered courses to available student aid, we'll walk you through the process.

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    Student Spotlights

    Meet some of the great PhD students in The Department of Biochemistry at Virginia Tech

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    Recent Publications

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    A Pterin-Dependent Signaling Pathway Regulates a Dual-Function Diguanylate Cyclase-Phosphodiesterase Controlling Surface Attachment in Agrobacterium tumefaciens

    Full Text About Professor Bob White