Message from the BCMB Director

Welcome to the BCMB web site!

The mission of the multidisciplinary Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB) Graduate Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is to train independent research scientists for productive careers. Training includes a rigorous and broad-based first year curriculum, research rotations in three different laboratories, a proposal-based qualifying exam (along with a proposal-writing workshop), and thesis research in the laboratory of one of our more than 100 participating faculty members from seven basic science departments. These departments include: Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, and Physiology. The focus on a broad background in basic science promotes the study of problems of biomedical importance from a mechanistic perspective. 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. Other features include an annual retreat, a student-run research colloquium, career exploration workshops, and a student-invited seminar series. Due to the multidisciplinary focus of the BCMB program, our students are very well prepared for modern biomedical science careers. In addition, the multi-departmental nature of our program promotes the extensive interaction and collegiality that is a hallmark of Johns Hopkins science. Our graduates and current students never cease to amaze me with all they have accomplished!

Carolyn Machamer, Director                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Professor of Cell Biology