Biochemistry Department

Message to the Prospective Graduate Student

Dr. Hille Meeting with Students

The primary purpose of a graduate education is to develop the ability and confidence to conduct research—to learn to analyze unsolved problems, to decide which problems are worth pursuing and, finally, to solve a problem that has never been solved before. In graduate school, the mechanism used to achieve this goal is dissertation research in which you, as a graduate student, work in close association with a faculty mentor on a research project of interest to both of you.

There are a number of factors that you should consider when you choose the institution where you will carry out your graduate study and research. The following questions will help you evaluate any institution that you may be considering:

  1. What are the quality and the breadth of the research being conducted in the program?
  2. How many interactions are there between research advisors and graduate students and between different research groups?
  3. What type of research facilities are available to the graduate student?
  4. What is the quality of the science library holdings—both scientific journals and books?

The purpose of this website is to answer those questions with respect to the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Program at the University of California, Riverside. Faculty within the program consists of biochemists and molecular biologists from the Department of  Biochemistry, as well as members of seven other departments, including: Entomology, Biomedical Sciences, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Microbiology & Plant Pathology, Biology, Chemistry, Botany and Plant Sciences, and the Bourns School of Engineering. We believe that our program provides an excellent environment for graduate study in biochemistry and molecular biology by combining the facilities, quality and breadth of research of a large university with close student-faculty interaction, and an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas usually found only in relatively small institutions.

Although many details of the graduate program are illustrated in this website, the essence of the program is best assessed in a personal visit. The visit will provide you with an opportunity to meet the faculty and graduate students, to see our facilities first-hand, and to acquaint yourself with the Riverside area. The Student Affairs Officer will be pleased to arrange such a visit for all qualified applicants to our graduate program. If a personal visit is not possible, the faculty will try to answer any questions you might have by telephone. Please write, telephone collect, or send an E-MAIL inquiry.

Dr. Richard Debus 
Graduate Advisor




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Dawn Loyola
Student Services Advisor


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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Department of Biochemistry
1463 Boyce Hall

Department Chair's Tel: (951) 827-3598
Fax: (951) 827-2364
Email: Biochem@ucr.edu

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