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Two different Graduate Programs maintain success in the biochemistry department.


We are the Center for Biological Chemistry, Nebraska's premier biochemistry Ph.D. program.


Complex Biosystems houses Ph.D. students focused on using big data.

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Core Research Areas

Additional Areas of Research

  • Molecular Rationales for Obesity
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Lipid metabolism
  • Proteomics / Mass Spectrometry
  • RNA Biology
  • Central Metabolism, Metabolic Modeling
  • Photosynthesis
  • Organellar biology
  • Copper homeostasis
  • Biochemistry Education Research

Visit our faculty research pages, for more research information.

Degrees and Programs

Application Process

Application Deadline is December 1st. Apply early for prestigious University Fellowships

Application Requirements

  1. B.S., B.A. or equivalent in biochemistry or a related field
  2. Application form
  3. Academic Transcript (requirements)
  4. $50 application fee
  5. Personal Statement: Your statement should include your research interests, your long-term goals, how graduate study in Biochemistry at Nebraska will help you achieve your goals, and any additional information you think will help in evaluating your application. If applying to the Molecular Mechanisms of Disease specialization, indicate your interest in this training program and specify which biomedical focus area of MMOD is of greatest interest to you.
  6. This program has no GRE requirement

Application Completion (CollegeNet)

After finishing the web form linked above, you will be emailed an invitation to complete your application on our CollegeNET system. You will need:

  1. Curriculum vitae (C.V.), upload in supporting files.
  2. Personal Statement +text, upload in supporting files.
  3. Areas of interest, choose at least 1
  4. Official Transcript

After Acceptance

2024 campus visit weekend is February 8th - February 10th. Deadline for acceptance of an offer is April 15.

After Admission

As of August 2024, all Ph.D. students are provided a $32,000 stipend from research or teaching assistantships

All admitted first-year students complete two lab rotations. Each lab rotation is 8 weeks-long and a third is optional prior to lab placement.

Contact Information

For program information, application or admission questions:

Department of Biochemistry
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
N200 Beadle Center
Lincoln, NE 68588-0664
Telephone: 402-472-2932
Fax: 402-472-7842

For questions about attending UNL as a graduate student:

Office of Graduate Studies
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1100 Seaton Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0619
Grad Admissions: 402-472-2878
Grad Studies: 402-472-2875
Fax: 402-472-0589