The Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB) Graduate Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is one of the oldest multidisciplinary graduate programs in the country, and has been funded continuously by a training grant from the NIH since the mid-1970s. The BCMB program offers graduate training in virtually all aspects of the biological sciences. The breadth of training in basic science allows students to approach research problems of biomedical importance from a mechanistic perspective. Our students choose their thesis advisors from over 100 faculty members in seven departments: Biological Chemistry
, Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry
, Cell Biology
, Molecular Biology and Genetics
, Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences
, and Physiology
. The BCMB program builds close ties among all seven participating departments, fostering a collaborative environment that is ideal for graduate training, as well as providing extensive research opportunities. The program is not an “umbrella” program, where students enter together and are then funneled into different graduate programs. Instead, all students take the same curriculum and have the same requirements for degree completion. The rich environment, rigorous preparation, and attentive guidance by faculty prepare our students for successful careers as independent scientists. There are over 600 graduates to date, many of whom hold leadership positions in academia, industry, government and other sectors.