Interdepartmental GEMS Program

The Department participates in an integrated interdepartmental program, Graduate Education in Medical Sciences (GEMS), which offers students flexibility in coursework and laboratory rotations. Students entering the Ph.D. program in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics will take courses in the GEMS curriculum during the first year. This curriculum will provide students with a broad background in biochemistry, molecular genetics and other biomedical sciences. In the second year and beyond, students will then pursue their own specific scientific interests by taking a variety of advanced courses and by undertaking a research program under the mentorship of a departmental faculty member whom they have selected during their first year research rotations.

Ph.D. Thesis
We consider a student’s Ph.D. thesis research the most vital part of our training program. Ph.D. candidates can choose to do their thesis research with faculty members whose Research Focus include signal transduction, cell cycle regulation, membrane biology, regulation of gene function and development, protein and nucleic acid structure and function, and cancer biology. Students are also expected to participate in other departmental activities such as Research Seminars and journal clubs to enhance their laboratory training. Students interested in becoming clinician scientists may consider the combined MD/Ph.D. Program (independent application process) which is designed to train students for careers in academic medicine and research. (Our Ph.D. and MD/Ph.D. trainees have gone on to successful careers in academia and industry, as well as medicine, science writing and patent law.)

Admissions and Deadlines
The department’s admission policy is selective and only the most highly qualified applicants are accepted. In order to be guaranteed full consideration of application, please submit all items on time. Application processes and deadlines are available on the GEMS website. Admission selection is based on academic work, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, research experience (if any), maturity, and potential contribution to the advancement of science.

Financial Assistance
Students admitted receive financial assistance in the form of a fellowship or a research assistantship. Both forms of financial aid provide full wavier for both tuition and student service fee, and a living stipend of $34,000 per year. Financial support is provided throughout the course of study, as long as students are in good academic standing and making satisfactory progress towards the Ph.D. degree.

Applying to the Program
Applicants to the PhD program in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics should apply online through the GEMS application process.

More Information
For further information please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Phone: (312) 355-0389
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Mail: Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics (M/C 669)
The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
900 South Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60607-7170