2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 15, 2021  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology

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Gladys Alexandre, Head
Brad Binder, Director of Graduate Studies

Alexandre, G., PhD – Claude Bernard Lyon (France)
Bruce, B., PhD – California (Berkeley)
Ganguly, R., PhD – Nebraska
Guo, H., PhD – Harvard
Howell, E., PhD – Lehigh
McKee, B., PhD – Michigan State
Millhorn, D., PhD – Ohio State
Nebenführ, A., PhD – Oregon State
Park, J., PhD – Texas A&M
Prosser, R., PhD – Illinois
Roberts, D., PhD – California (Davis)
Smith, J. (Governor’s Chair), PhD – London (UK)
von Arnim, A., PhD – East Anglia (UK)

Associate Professors
Binder, B., PhD – Wisconsin
Fernandez, E., PhD – Loyola
Hall, J., PhD – Illinois
Jain, N., PhD – Brandeis
Labrador, M., PhD – Madrid (Spain)
Shen, T., PhD – California (San Diego)
Shpak, E., PhD – Ohio

Assistant Professors
Barrera, F., PhD – Universidad Miguel Hernandez (Spain)
Bembenek, J., PhD – Southwestern Medical Center
Burch-Smith, T., PhD – Yale
Das, M., PhD – ITT (India)
Hong, T., PhD – California (Irvine)
Krishnan, K., PhD – California (San Francisco)
McCord, R.P., PhD – Harvard

Adjunct and Research Faculty
Allison, D., PhD – Tennessee
Boder, E., PhD – Illinois
Brown, S., PhD – Otago (New Zealand)
Dalhaimer, P., PhD – Pennsylvania
Elias, D., PhD – Oklahoma
Kovalevskyi, A., PhD – New York (Buffalo)
Labbe, J., PhD – Nancy University (France)
Mannik, J., PhD – New York (Stony Brook)
Morrell-Falvey, J., PhD – Purdue
O’Neill, H., PhD – Dublin (Ireland)
Osmand, A., PhD – Adelaide (S. Australia)
Parks, J., PhD – Duke
Peterson, C., PhD – Louisiana State
Standaert, R., PhD – Harvard
Stanley, C., PhD – Massachusetts (Amherst)
Wang, Y., MD – Harbin Medical (China)




Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology




Applicants for graduate study are expected to have a background equivalent to that required of undergraduate majors in this department. This includes knowledge of the basic principles of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, and genetics and physiology. Requirements for admission are

  • One year of general biology or the equivalent.
  • A minimum of 8 credit hours of approved biology courses beyond the introductory level and including the subject areas of genetics, cell biology and physiology.
  • Two years of chemistry including one year of general chemistry and one year of introductory organic chemistry with laboratory.
  • At least one semester of biochemistry.
  • One year of calculus.
  • One year of physics.
  • Graduate Record Examination scores.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 out of 4.0.

Otherwise superior students, deficient in one or more of the above requirements, may be admitted at the discretion of the department’s Graduate Admissions Committee.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Computational Science (IGMCS)

The Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology participates in the interdisciplinary graduate minor in computational science (IGMCS) program. Any student pursuing a masters or PhD with a major in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology can receive a minor in computational science by completing the appropriate IGMCS requirements. For additional information, see the description of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Computational Science  listed under Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science or visit the IGMCS website at http://igmcs.utk.edu/. The Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology also contributes courses to the IGMCS program curriculum.

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