Prospective Students

Are you interested in joining an elite group of scientists educated by University of Iowa Biochemistry Department? Below is everything you will need to apply to our program. If you have additional questions please contact us at or 1-877-846-8569.

Department and Campus - An introduction to the University of Iowa Biochemistry Department.

Faculty Research - Meet our faculty and read about their research interests

Current Graduate Students -Meet our current graduate students and
read about their research and accomplishments.

Graduate Student Alumni - Whether placed in industry, a research intensive institution, 
or a liberal arts college our graduates have had quite the 
influence on the field of Biochemistry.

Student Resources - Everything the University of Iowa has to offer a student like you.

Iowa City - Known as the "Athens of the Midwest", find out why 
Iowa City is regularly in the top 10 places to live in the United States.

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions about applying to the 
University of Iowa Biochemistry PhD Program.

Why Biochemistry?

The PhD graduate program in the Department of Biochemistry (Biomedical Sciences Biochemistry) is sufficiently flexible to accommodate students with a relatively wide range of backgrounds. Students with a bachelor's degree in any of the biological, biochemical engineering, or physical sciences who have a strong desire to pursue a research-oriented career in biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, and/or cell biology are encouraged to apply.

 Graduate students join the Department of Biochemistry by applying to the Biomedical Science Program. This program offers a course of study leading to the PhD, with individual research projects conducted under the mentorship of a faculty member with either a primary or secondary appointment in the Department of Biochemistry. Many research labs welcome students in additional interdisciplinary programs such as Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Biology, or the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).

Required academic preparation includes organic chemistry, calculus, biology, and at least on course in biochemistry. In addition to course work, prior research experience is strongly recommended. Admission will be determined on the basis of academic record, letters of recommendation, general GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, analytical), and the applicant's  statement of research experience and goals. GRE Subject test scores may enhance the application package but are not required.