Applying to the Graduate Program

All entering graduate students pursuing doctoral degrees in these programs are now admitted through the Integrated Biomedical Sciences (IBS) program, an undifferentiated first-year curriculum designed
to provide: 


Each IBS course - Biomolecules and Metabolism, Biomolecules and Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Cell Signaling, and Experimental Genetics - presents concepts central to understanding advances in the biomedical sciences. The final course, Integrated Biomedical Sciences, builds upon cellular and molecular biology to develop, at an organism level, an integrative appreciation of biologic systems. During the IBS year, students also complete three or four laboratory rotations and participate in research seminars. At the conclusion of IBS, students select doctoral programs based on research interests and mentoring relationships in one of the seven basic science departments.

The IBS Curriculum is designed for students beginning graduate studies in the fall semester. However, the flexibility exists to accommodate students beginning in the spring. Students with an MS degree or prior graduate studies will be offered the opportunity to tailor an individual academic program reflecting coursework completed and prior research experience.

The Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Department does not directly admit students to the PhD program. We are part of a consortium of basic science departments in the University of Kentucky Medical Center that run a joint first-year program, the IBS program, for PhD students. First-year students in this program take classes together and rotate through laboratories spread throughout the Medical Center. The choice of rotations is made by the student, with the approval of the principal investigator running that laboratory, and can be in any of the participating departments. This gives students an opportunity to sample up to four different disciplines before settling on a final laboratory and department in May.

Overall, the graduate students in Biochemistry enjoy a well-rounded graduate experience that prepares them for successful future careers.

For additional information about IBS and application to apply, please visit the IBS website.