PhD Graduate Program

Graduate students with a faculty member

Our students receive an education in chemistry and biology that prepares them for the evolving multidisciplinary research of the pharmaceutical industry and academia.

Research Interests

Our students' learning and development within the program is enhanced by diverse research interests within our department:

  • Antiviral and Anticancer Drug Design
  • Cancer Chemoprevention
  • Chemical Biology
  • Chemical Carcinogenesis
  • Drug Metabolism
  • Gene Therapy
  • Molecular Recognition
  • Natural Products Chemistry
  • Neuroscience
  • NMR Crystallography
  • Peptidomimetics
  • Receptor Modeling
  • X-Ray Crystallography
University Collaboration

The University of Minnesota has one of the largest Academic Health Centers in the United States, which provides our students with the opportunity to collaborate with nationally recognized programs in:

  • Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Biochemistry
  • Nursing
  • Dentistry
  • Public Health
Career Outcomes

Recent alumni have gone on to succeed in industry or academic positions with the following organizations:

  • Aligos Therapeutics
  • ATL
  • Beckman Coulter
  • Bio-Techne
  • Eli Lilly
  • Foundation Medicine
  • Harvard University
  • HB Fuller
  • Intellia Therapeutics
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Medtronic
  • Pfizer
  • R2M Pharma
  • UC Berkeley
  • VMLY&R Health
  • Zinpro

... and more!