Graduate Studies

Message from the Director

Our Department

Welcome to the Graduate Program website for The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. UNC-Greensboro has a tradition of excellence when it comes to advanced training for careers in the chemical and biochemical sciences. Our faculty is committed to providing one-on-one learning opportunities for all of our students in the laboratory, and this dedication to quality graduate education translates into very high success rates for our graduates as they pursue careers in science. Our department has a strong research emphasis on Medicinal Biochemistry, including a focus on computational chemistry and drug design. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is the home of the UNCG Center for Drug Discovery, which is a research center headed by Professor J. Phillip Bowen, whose mission is to create new knowledge regarding drug discovery, as well as computer-based methods used in drug design, and to disseminate this information to students, scientists, and the public. A large percentage of the faculty in the department pursue research interests that complement this mission, through development of techniques for the discovery or synthesis of new drug candidates, identification of biochemical mechanisms related to the medicinal properties of natural products, or exploring the chemical properties of human drug metabolizing systems.

PhD program in Medicinal Biochemistry

In the Fall of 2008, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry began offering a PhD degree in Medicinal Biochemistry. Students in the program can take several core courses designed to provide a fundamental understanding of the biochemical principles that currently direct the design and development of pharmaceutical agents. Combined with the focused expertise of the faculty in this area, students in the program have the option to carry out research related to many different aspects of the drug discovery process. In addition, opportunities to take part in Internships with local companies will be available as part of the training.

Greensboro and the Triad Area

The historic city of Greensboro, NC has a population of around 250,000, and is located in Guilford County, which has nearly 500,000 residents. It is centrally located in the state in a region known as the Triad, which includes Greensboro, High Point and Winston Salem. Winters in Greensboro are modest, with temperatures occasionally dropping below freezing, but snow is fairly uncommon. If you enjoy the ocean, Wilmington, NC is about 3 ½ hours to the east, whereas mountain lovers can find hiking and camping opportunities within 1-2 hrs drive to the west. Outdoor activities are plentiful with many parks and hiking trails, while downtown Greensboro offers clubs and pubs for those who enjoy the nightlife.