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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:Ph.D. Minor

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


The program offers the Ph.D. degree with a major in biochemistry. Although a master's degree is officially offered, students are not admitted for a terminal master's degree.

The Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB) is a joint program between the Department of Biochemistry and the Department of Biomolecular Chemistry, providing students with the opportunity to work with 50 faculty members.

The program has excellent research facilities and active research programs in the major areas of contemporary biochemistry including research in 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 on 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 seminars is available to graduate students.

All IPiB students are required to obtain 11 credits in the IPiB core curriculum, which consists of both biological and physical science course work. Also, students take courses and seminars and participate in journal clubs related to their specific areas of expertise.

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

Please visit the IPiB website for more information.

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 this program are identical 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.

Ph.D. Minor 

For a minor in biochemistry, a candidate must complete 10 credits of graduate-level courses in the department. Write directly to the Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB) for full details of the course requirements.

Financial Aid 

The program 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 for all its Ph.D. candidates ($24,000 for 2011-12). In addition to the stipend, all students receive tuition remission and comprehensive health insurance.


To qualify for admission to the Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB), an applicant must complete a bachelor's degree at a recognized 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 biology, chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, physics, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry is required. The applicant's undergraduate grade point average should 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 Biochemistry Building, 420 Henry Mall, Madison, WI 53706-1532; 608-262-1347; eemeuer@wisc.edu
Current and former students: Kate Ryan, Department of Biochemistry, 111C Biochemistry Addition, 433 Babcock Drive, Madison, WI 53706-1544; 608-265-2281; cryan7@wisc.edu.