Educational Opportunities

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology plays a key role in Mayo Graduate School's mission to train future leaders in biomedical research and education. Since the department's inception, faculty members have actively participated in Mayo Clinic's educational mission.

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology meets this important educational need at two levels. First, the faculty participates in the classroom education of most Mayo Graduate School students. During their first year in graduate school, the majority of graduate students participate in four core curriculum courses, directed by department faculty members, where the students are introduced to problem-solving-based learning. Faculty members also direct 14 additional courses and tutorials each year, exploring more-advanced topics that directly impact biomedical research.

Second, faculty members serve as mentors and advisers to graduate student apprentices who perform cutting-edge research. It is through this kind of commitment to education and scientific mentorship that the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology can inspire and train the next generation of biomedical researchers.

The faculty, postdoctoral fellows, allied health staff and students of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology participate in multiple weekly academic colloquia, including a visiting faculty seminar series (co-sponsored with Mayo Graduate School), a student works-in-progress series and a student-led journal club. Colloquia are teleconferenced to all three Mayo Clinic campuses. Together with special seminars and organized symposia, these activities contribute to a vibrant academic environment.

Find more information about the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Ph.D. track at Mayo Graduate School.