A thriving, dynamic center of excellence in the Georgetown University School of Medicine, the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology occupies an entire floor of the Basic Science Building and has additional facilities in other parts of the Medical Center. Department resources are enriched through a broad range of collaborative studies with investigators at the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the US Department of Defense, National Institutes of Standards and Technology, and other government research institutions, as well as the Biotechnology industry in the Washington metropolitan area. These collaborations allow access to a wide spectrum of expertise and state-of-the-art technologies.
Through its unique coursework and unparalleled research opportunities, the MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program at Georgetown delineates the ideal path toward a career in medicine that is fueled by the pursuit of biomedical research questions in the context of human diseases. The MS program lends itself as an attractive training program and launching pad for a research intensive career in medicine. The program is committed to providing graduate students with a unique setting in which to learn how biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, and genetics can be used to solve significant problems in public health and medicine. Significant emphasis is placed on the communication of science, with multiple opportunities for students to hone their written and oral communication skills throughout their training in the program.
The four-credit internships are performed with research mentors in various GUMC laboratories on campus or off campus in government agencies such as NIH and FDA as well as the Maryland Biotechnology Industry corridor. Graduates from the MS in Biochemistry program seek careers primarily in academic, government, or biotechnology research. Most of our students transition to Ph.D., M.D.,D.D.S, J.D. or M.B.A programs, using the skills and training at Georgetown to propel their future academic and research careers.