Ph.D. Program

Program of Study

Our PhD program in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in all aspects of biochemistry and molecular biology, while at the same time allowing students the

flexibility to design a course of study and research that fits with his/her individual research interests.  Our students are full participants in academic life at the department, regularly participating in national and international scientific meetings. Student alumni of the department have gone on to distinguished careers in academia, industry, and government.

All entering students enroll in the same curriculum in the fall semester of the first year which prepares students to participate in graduate-level research in any one of the seven graduate programs including biochemistry and molecular biology. After the first semester, students have the freedom to select courses that meet their research interests.

Students typically take 6 hours of advanced courses in the spring of their first year and 3 hours in the fall and spring semesters of their second year for a total of 12 credits to complete the formal course requirements. Every semester, starting in the second year, students must register for the BMB Journal Club (BCH 6936). This coursework along with work on the research project prepares students for taking a qualifying exam for admission to candidacy for a Ph. D. degree. The qualifying exam must be completed by November of the third year.

A detailed outline of the program requirements can be found on the BMB Program of Study page.

Areas of Research

Faculty in the BMB program work in a diverse range of research areas and actively collaborate on interdisciplinary projects. Information about the research interests of individual GPBS faculty members in the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Concentration. Please check the following GPBS faculty search page for a list of BMB faculty: GPBS faculty search page

Bioinformatics Enzyme Mechanisms RNA Structure and function
Brain structure and function Epigenetics Structural biology
Cancer biology and genetics Gene regulation and transcription Cryo-electron microscopy
Chromatin Structure Gene therapy Magnetic resonance imaging
Cytoskeleton Membrane proteins and channels NMR spectroscopy
DNA replication Metabolism X-ray crystallography
DNA damage response and repair Protein structure Virology
Drug development



Ph.D. students are admitted through the College of Medicine’s Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (

  • Research Experience. An essential factor for admission to our Ph.D. program is prior research experience. Most applicants have a year or more of undergraduate research experience. If you are studying at an institution with limited research opportunities, you should seek a summer research experience. UF has several options. Research experience is initially evaluated based on a personal statement and letters of recommendation. Although some of our admitted students have earned a Master’s degree, most students are admitted after earning their Bachelor’s degree.
  • GPA. The minimum requirements for graduate admission at the University of Florida include a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for all upper division (Junior/Senior) courses. Please use the “Self-Reported GPA Computation and Worksheet for Graduate Applications” to calculate your upper division GPA. Although the university minimum GPA for admission is 3.0, the average GPA of entering classes of our program is 3.5.
  • Additional course requirements: Applicants must have taken general biology and chemistry including organic chemistry and biochemistry. Applicants with weak undergraduate academic performance should consider pursuing a year of postbaccalaureate studies or obtaining a master’s degree before applying. Biochemistry is core to the biomedical sciences, we usually do not consider an application if the student will not have completed undergraduate biochemistry by graduation.
  • GRE. Applicants must submit a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general exam. Subject exam scores are not required. Mean GRE scores for successful applicants for 2017 were 314 on the new scale. GRE exam must be taken within the past five years. (Code: 5812)

Financial Support

Once you are admitted to the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (BMS), you will be appointed as a Graduate Research Assistant.  The BMS starting stipend for the 2016-17 academic year is $28,627 per year.  In addition to the stipend, all students also receive a tuition waiver.  The stipend is intended to cover living expenses and student fees (transportation fee, technology fee, athletic fee, activity & service fee, etc.) since they are not covered by the tuition waiver.  For the 2016-17 academic year the student fees are approximately $720 per Fall & Spring semesters and $480 for the Summer semester.  UF students classified as an out-of-state resident and appointed as a graduate assistant for at least 0.25 FTE (which includes all BMS students) are considered as “in-state” for tuition purposes, however, all out-of-state USA citizens and permanent residents must file for reclassification as Florida residents if they are eligible.

For more detailed information on stipends, tuition waivers, health insurance and other financial support, visit here

Application Deadline

The next term for which applications for admission to the Biomedical Sciences Program will be accepted is fall 2019.  The Biomedical Sciences Program only admits students each fall semester.

Application Deadline for Fall 2019 admission is NOVEMBER 1, 2018. The admissions committee will begin meeting in October; early application submissions are welcome and strongly encouraged.

Ph.D. students are admitted through the College of Medicine’s Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences.  For detailed information on the application process, please visit the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences webpage