The 2008 addition to Schweitzer Hall provided new, state-of-the-art research space for biochemistry. An elegant new bridge connects our laboratories in Schweitzer and Schlundt Annex. Photo courtesy of MU School of Medicine.
Biochemistry at Missouri is noted for interdisciplinary research and effective instruction. The two are interwoven to provide excellence in both. Even with our name, we span biology and chemistry. In the same spirit, we span many other boundaries. For instance, we are part of both the School of Medicine and the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and we share faculty with four departments as well as with an interdisciplinary Life Sciences Center, and have graduate faculty from ten departments besides biochemistry.
Our faculty members are internationally known researchers and prize-winning teachers, including multiple members of the National Academy of Sciences and other disciplinary academies and honorary organizations.
Essentially all facets of contemporary biochemical research are represented in the department with particular strengths in medical biochemistry, plant biochemistry and biophysical, structural and mechanistic biochemistry. Our research groups are well-funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and many other federal and private sources.
Our popular undergraduate major attracts many talented students, including those interested in graduate, medical and other professional schools and offers extensive research opportunities in the laboratories of internationally known scientists.
Our graduate program admits 7 to 10 students annually. It provides a strong foundation in fundamental biochemistry, promotes critical-thinking skills, provides flexibility for specialized training and offers opportunities for thesis work with more than 30 prominent faculty members. All qualifying full-time graduate students are supported by a complete financial package providing stipend, health insurance and tuition. A low cost of living in Columbia stretches the stipend dollars.
Postdoctoral training opportunities are available in departmental research laboratories. Financial support is provided by individual faculty or national fellowships.