Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- MS or PhD in Biochemistry with optional specialization:
- Molecular Mechanisms of Disease
Areas of Study
These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.
- Structural and Chemical Basis of Protein Function
- Metabolism and Metabolic Engineering
- Molecular Mechanisms of Disease
- Plant and Microbial Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Online and Distance OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Contacts for Biochemistry
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by Biochemistry
After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these requirements.
- Entrance exam(s): GRE (Biochemistry subject test recommended)
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
- Three recommendation letters
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume
- List of published papers, if applicable
- Statement of purpose
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Application Deadlines for Biochemistry
- December 15 for Fall. September 1 for Spring.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.
Instructional programs are focused in laboratories and classrooms within the George W. Beadle Center for Genetics and Biomaterials Research. The Beadle Center houses most of the department-affiliated faculty members in state-of-the-art research laboratories and many of the Center for Biotechnology and Redox Biology Center core facilities. These facilities include mass spectrometry, spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, plant transformation, and microscopy facilities. Also available are an outstanding full-service plant growth and greenhouse complex, and equipment for fluorescence-activated cell analysis, surface plasmon resonance, analytical ultracentrifugation and next-generation high-throughput DNA sequencing.
Cost of attendanceCost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.
Faculty and research
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Oxidative Stress; Proteomics; Metabolomics; Cancer; Neurodegenerative Diseases; Predictive Biomarkers
Crystallographic and Biochemical Characterizations of Enzymes
Redox Enzymology; Gene Regulation; Multifunctional Proteins; Proline Metabolism
Fatty Acid Transport; Fatty Acid Transport Proteins; Metabolic Transformations
Energy Conservation; Redox Biochemistry; Microbial Physiology
Functional Genomics; Sphingolipid Metabolism and Function; Nutritional Biofortification of Crop Plants
Nutrient Fatty Acids; Fatty Acid-Dependent Regulation; Fatty Acids in Health and Disease
Biodefense Research; Antibiotic Discovery; Pathogenic Bacteria; DNA Replication; Bioinformatics
Stabilin Receptors; Glycosaminoglycan Metabolism; Receptor-Mediated Endocytosis
Computational Modeling of Dynamics in Large-Scale Biological/Biochemical Networks; Host-Pathogen Networks; Development of Technologies to Enable an Integrated Systems Biology Approach in Research and the Classroom
Redox Sensitive Signaling Systems
Metal-Ion Metabolism; Copper Transporters; Oxidative Stress Response
Sphingolipid Metabolism in Plants and Algae
Photosynthetic Efficiency; Higher Plant Photosynthetic Pigments; Soybean Proteins as Allergens
Fungal Dimorphism; Quorum Sensing in Fungi; Bacterial Detergent Resistance; Microbial Insecticides
Rapid Reaction Kinetics; Laser Spectroscopy; Eukaryotic Transcription
Adipocyte Biology; Autophagy/Mitophagy; Mitochondria Metabolism; Oxidative Stress; Sestrins/mTOR Signaling
Role of Membrane Dynamics in the Plant Cell using Combination of Genetics, Molecular Biology, Protein Biochemistry, and Biophysical Approaches; Membrane Response to Freezing Stress; Understanding Molecular Mechanisms of Photosynthetic Membrane Biogenesis
Biomass and Forage Qualities; Warm-Season Prairie Grasses; Prairie Legumes; Seed Germination and Plant Development; Histone Biotinylation
Prostate Cancer; Tumorigenesis Mechanisms; Extracellular Control of Gene Expression
Staphylococcus Aureus and S. Epidermidis Infections
Biochemical and Environmental Regulation of Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope Fractionation in Plants; Stomatal Biochemistry
Plant Molecular Biology; Crop Plant Quality; Disease Resistance Mechanisms
Plant Molecular Biology; Programmed Cell Death; Signal Transduction
Host/pathogen Interactions; Algal Biology
Protein X-ray Crystallography; Neurodegenerative Diseases
Molecular Biology of HIV and Human Herpesviruses
Chromatin Biology; Genome Stability; (Stem) Cell Differentiation; Adipocytes; Water-Soluble Vitamins; Gene Regulation
Endocytic Trafficking of Fatty Acids using Saccharomyces Cerevisiae as an Experimental Model
Structure-Function Relationships of Metallomolecules Involved in Redox Sensing, Metal Homeostasis and Detoxification, Metalloproteins Involved in Biotic and Abiotic Stress Sensing or Detoxification