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Administrative Unit:Biochemistry
College/School: College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, School of Medicine and Public Health
Admitting Plans:Ph.D.
Degrees Offered:M.S., Ph.D.
Minors and Certificates:Doctoral Minor

Faculty: Professors Craig (chair, Department of Biochemistry), Kiley (chair, Department of Biomolecular Chemistry), Amasino, Ansari, Attie, Bednarek, Brow, Butcher, Clagett-Dame, Coon, Cox, Denu, B. Fox, C. Fox, Friesen, Hayes, Holden, Keck, Kiessling, Kimble, Landick, Markley, Martin, Mosher, Ntambi, Palmenberg, Pike, Raines, Ralph, Rayment, Record, Sheets, Sussman, Wickens; Associate Professors Craciun, Hull, Mitchell, Weibel; Assistant Professors Audhya, Harrison, Hoskins, Lewis, Pagliarini, Senes, Wildonger


The Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB) is a joint graduate program between the Department of Biochemistry and the Department of Biomolecular Chemistry, providing students with the opportunity to work with 45 faculty members. The program offers a Ph.D. degree with a major in biochemistry. Although an M.S. degree is officially offered, students are not admitted for a terminal master's degree.

The program has excellent research facilities and active research programs in the major areas of contemporary biochemistry, including: cell and developmental biology, chemical biology, molecular genetics, molecular medicine, enzymology, structural biology, metabolism, endocrinology, immunology, virology, and computational biology. These are set in the highly interactive research environment that pervades the UW–Madison campus. Close association is maintained with other departments having a biochemical orientation such as genetics, animal sciences, bacteriology, botany, zoology, chemistry, oncology, plant pathology, and nutritional sciences. An exceptional range of research projects and advanced seminars is available to graduate students.

The program prepares students for teaching and research in academic positions, for research in government service, and for research and development work in industry.

Dual Degrees

The program participates with the School of Medicine and Public Health in offering a joint program for students wishing to complete both the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. The basic prerequisites and degree requirements for the Ph.D. in the M.D./Ph.D. program are identical to those for the major in biochemistry; however, the minor may be taken in medical sciences. For the prerequisites and degree requirements for the M.D. degree, as well as the online application form, see Medical Scientist Training Program.

Doctoral Minor

For a minor in biochemistry, a Ph.D. candidate must complete 16 credits of graduate-level courses in the department. Please visit the IPiB website for more details.

Financial Aid

IPiB offers stipends in the form of traineeships, research assistantships, or fellowships to all Ph.D. candidates, and assists those with outstanding records in competing for University and national awards. The program guarantees a full stipend ($26,000 for 2014-15) for all its Ph.D. candidates who remain in good standing in the program. In addition to the stipend, all students receive tuition remission and comprehensive health insurance.


To qualify for admission to IPiB, an applicant must complete a bachelor's degree at a recognized, accredited college or university. The basic background for graduate study in biochemistry ordinarily would be provided by an undergraduate degree in biochemistry, chemistry, physics, or in one of the biological or medical sciences. Course work in biochemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and physical chemistry is required. (Admission might be granted without one or more of these course requirements, but the deficiency must be made up within the student's first two years of graduate study.) The applicant's undergraduate grade point average must be at least 3.0 (4.0 scale). Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are required of all applicants. Advanced (Subject) GRE scores are strongly recommended.

For more information: www.ipib.wisc.edu
Prospective students: Elyse Meuer, Department of Biomolecular Chemistry, 1135H HF DeLuca Biochemistry Building, 420 Henry Mall, Madison, WI 53706-1532; 608-262-1347; eemeuer@wisc.edu
Current and former students: Kate Ryan, Department of Biochemistry, 1142F HF DeLuca Biochemistry Building, 420 Henry Mall, Madison, WI 53706-1532; 608-265-2281; cryan7@wisc.edu.