Graduate studies in the Department of Biochemistry can lead to an M.P.S.,
M.S. or Ph.D. degree. Students may choose from research areas in plant molecular
biology, physical biochemistry, biophysics, and cell regulatory systems.
Financial aid is available on a competitive basis, primarily in the form of
graduate teaching assistantships. Research assistantships and University
fellowships are also available.
All of the faculty are actively involved in research that is supported at the
federal level. Students admitted to the graduate program in Biochemistry may
also carry out their research with faculty listed under Microbiology in this
catalog, in a number of laboratories in other departments at the University, the
Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, the Maine Medical Research Institute in
Portland, or through cooperative institutional arrangements and Associate
faculty or staff.
The Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is awarded for
significant and original contributions to basic knowledge through research. A
Ph.D. degree in Functional Genomics may also be obtained through the
Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. The curriculum plan is variable and will take
into account each student’s goals for graduate study and the content and quality
of his or her undergraduate preparation.
The Master’s program prepares students for further studies toward the Ph.D., or
medical degrees, as well as for careers in academic or industrial research, or
teaching. The M.P.S., Master of Professional Studies, is a non-thesis Master’s
Prerequisite for admission to these programs is the completion of undergraduate
work in chemistry, mathematics, and physics substantially equivalent to that
required of undergraduate students at this institution whose major is
John T. Singer, Ph.D. (Georgia, 1983), Professor and Chair. Molecular
genetics and microbial physiology.
Katherine J. Boettcher, Ph.D. (University of Southern California, 1994),
Assistant Professor. Bacterial physiology and adaptation, invertebrate
microbiology, marine microbiology.
Robert E. Cashon, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins University, 1981), Assistant Professor.
Protein structure-function relationships.
Dorothy E. Croall, Ph.D. (University of Rochester Medical School, 1979)
Professor. Structure and regulation of Ca-dependent proteolytic systems in
Daniel L. Distel, Ph.D. (Scripps Institute of Oceanography, UCSD, 1988),
Associate Professor. Symbiotic relationships between bacteria and marine
Robert E. Gundersen, Ph.D. (University of Texas-Austin, 1983), Associate
Professor. The Role of signal transduction during growth and development in
Keith W. Hutchison, Ph.D. (Wisconsin-Madison, 1974) Professor. Regulation of
gene expression during growth and maturation of conifers.
Carol H. Kim, Ph.D. (Cornell, 1992), Assistant Professor. Viral pathogens and
vaccine development in a zebrafish model system.
Gary M. King, Ph.D. (Georgia 1978), Professor. Microbial ecology and
Charles E. Moody, Ph.D. (Rhode Island, 1976), Associate Professor and Graduate
Coordinator. Developmental and comparative immunology.
Bruce L. Nicholson, Ph.D. (Maryland, 1969), Professor of Microbiology. Animal
viruses, particularly viruses of fish and other poikilothermic vertebrates.
Mary E. Rumpho, Ph.D. (Washington State, 1982), Professor. Mollusk and algal
chloroplast symbiosis, physiological genomics of low oxygen stress in plants,
anticancer metabolites from plants and mollusks.
Rebecca J. Van Beneden, Ph.D. (The Johns Hopkins University, 1983), Professor.
Molecular oncology and aquatic toxicology; the role of cellular oncogenes and
tumor suppressor genes in response to environmental toxicants; regulation of
gene expression; molecular mechanisms of tumorigenesis in non-mammalian models.
Michael E. Vayda, Ph.D. (Princeton, 1983), Professor. Molecular biology of
stress and pathogen resistance in plants.