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Chair: Charles K. Barlowe

Professors C. K. Barlowe (Biochemistry), C. E. Brinckerhoff (Medicine and Bio-chemistry), T. Y. Chang (Biochemistry), C. N. Cole (Biochemistry and Genetics), D. A. Compton (Biochemistry), J. C. Dunlap (Genetics and Biochemistry), L. P. Henderson (Physiology and Biochemistry), G. E. Lienhard (Biochemistry), J. J. Loros (Biochemistry and Genetics), D. R. Madden (Biochemistry), R. A. Maue (Physiology and Biochemistry), D. F. Mierke (Chemistry), S. Supattapone (Biochemistry and Medicine), B. L. Trumpower (Biochemistry), W. T. Wickner (Biochemistry), L. A. Witters (Medicine and Biochemistry); Professor Emeritus O. A. Scornik; Associate Professors B. A. Arrick (Medicine), H. N. Higgs (Biochemistry), F. J. Kull (Chemistry), L. C. Myers (Biochemistry); Associate Professor Emeritus W. J. Culp; Assistant Professors J. B. Moseley (Biochemistry), E. V. Pletneva (Chemistry); Research Associate Professors Emeriti J. A. Sinclair (Biochemistry and Pharmacology and Toxicology), P. R. Sinclair (Biochemistry and Pharmacology and Toxicology).

Undergraduate students interested in a major program involving biochemistry should refer to the major in Biology (Biochemistry area of concentration) offered by the Department of Biological Sciences and to the major in Biophysical Chemistry offered by the Department of Chemistry.

The Ph.D. in Biochemistry is administered by the Biochemistry Department of Dartmouth Medical School. The courses listed below are primarily designed for graduate students. The student should decide, in consultation with his/her committee and course instructors, whether his/her background is appropriate for the content of the course.


To qualify for award of the Ph.D. degree, a student must fulfill the following requirements:

1. Satisfactory completion of an intensive three-term core course entitled “Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology”, a one-term teaching assignment, and a three-term course in laboratory biochemistry. The last will consist of three small research projects, conducted in rotation with different faculty members for periods of about three months each. To enroll in the three-term “Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology” course, students select Biochemistry 101 (fall), Genetics 102 (winter), and Biochemistry 103 (spring).

2. Satisfactory completion of three other graduate-level courses in biochemistry or related disciplines.

3. Attendance at the weekly seminar series of the Program.

4. Participation in a journal club during fall, winter and spring terms every year and in the weekly Research in Progress series.

5. Satisfactory completion of an oral qualifying examination.

6. Satisfactory completion of a significant research project and preparation of a thesis acceptable to the thesis advisory committee.

7. Successful defense of the thesis in an oral examination and presentation of the work in a lecture.

For further information, see the Graduate Study Bulletin.