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Master of Science in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics

Our understanding of biological function has advanced due to a synthesis of molecular genetics, biochemistry, and insights gained from molecular structural information. Taking a quantitative, physical approach is the best route to position yourself as an innovator in the field.

The Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics program complements more traditional graduate programs in biology, chemistry and physics by offering an integrated, molecular-based approach to understanding biological problems, taking insights from all three disciplines.

The program focusses on biophysical approaches to determine the structure of macromolecules and macromolecular assemblies. Faculty advisers are chosen from any participating department, regardless of affiliation to a particular discipline. A particular strength of the participating faculty is structural studies.

Enrolling in the M.S. Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics program will allow you access to state–of–the-art x-ray facilities at the nearby Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory, one of the most intense x-ray sources in the world.

Program Requirements 

Along with the required coursework listed below, you will be required to complete a comprehensive exam. You also must complete a thesis or a library research project.

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For more information, please contact:

Program Director
Tanya Bekyarova, Ph.D.
Associate Chair, Department of Biology
Program Director of M.S. and Ph.D. Programs, Department of Biology (excluding Pre-health and Applied Life Sciences programs)
312.567.3428
bekytan@iit.edu