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Structural and Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics

Houston, Texas

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Structural and Computational Biology & Molecular Biophysics Graduate Program

The Structural and Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics program at BCM is not a typical graduate program. The program brings together students and experts from a variety of computational, physical, chemical, mathematical, engineering and statistical backgrounds to solve problems that can ultimately increase basic biomedical knowledge and improve human health.

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Established in 1992, the SCBMB program has facilitated innovative collaborations--both within areas of the Baylor College of Medicine and with other leading institutions--that have resulted in one of the most diverse and stimulating learning environments in the United States. A flexible curriculum allows students from different backgrounds to take a variety of courses that puts everyone on a more level playing field. The program emphasizes strong research built upon a foundation of basic courses in biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, molecular biophysics, physiology, biostatistics, and computational biology.

Innovative Collaborations

Due to the inter-departmental and inter-institutional nature of the SCBMB program, students and researchers are not limited to working entirely within one university. This provides students with the opportunity to take classes and do research in a wider array of specialties than could be provided from a single institution.

At no additional cost to the student, affiliated institutions providing courses are:

Research spans from basic to translational


Currently, the program includes full-time faculty from basic and clinical science departments at the institutions listed above. The research activities of the faculty include development of structural and computational techniques, protein design and engineering, biophysical chemistry of macromolecules, synthetic biology, chemical biology, membrane biophysics, systems biology, genome informatics, epigenomics, proteomics, computational neuroscience, medical informatics, biostatistics of basic and clinical data and drug design.

You may find that choosing your research project among all the options is one of the most difficult aspects of the program. Fortunately, you'll have the chance to explore and experience the various research opportunities in at least three laboratories before you have to make this important decision during the first year of study.

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