Biochemistry Cell and Developmental Biology Graduate Program at Emory University

About the Program

Emory University's Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology (BCDB) graduate program is a cross-disciplinary training ground that encourages innovative thinking.

The BCDB program is designed to provide students with the knowledge base necessary for research, teaching, and industry careers. Emphasis is placed on biochemistry, cell biology, developmental biology, and structural biology, as well as the ability to apply these principles to address important problems in the biomedical sciences.

The faculty members in the BCDB program are dedicated educators committed to providing students with an outstanding educational experience. They encourage students to think critically about their research projects and scientific findings, as well as those of others.

The BCDB program combines rigorous coursework with ample opportunities for research experience. Our goal is to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills they need to excel in their professional careers.

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Offers research opportunities in structural, functional, and physical studies of macromolecules and macromolecular complexes. The interdisciplinary nature of macromolecular science provides opportunities for collaborations with other departments at the university, including biochemistry and physics.

Cell Biology

Offers research opportunities that explore the structure, function, and dynamics of living cells. Using a range of modern cell biological techniques, a strong focus is pulled on both in vitro and in vivo models to understand better cells' structure and function in their natural contexts.

Developmental Biology

Offers research opportunities that investigate the mechanisms and molecules involved in the embryogenesis of various model organisms. Research in this program focuses on understanding how cells communicate with each other to form tissues, organs, and, eventually, an entire organism.

Structural Biology

Offers research opportunities to advance understanding of the mechanisms that control biological function. The program uses biophysical techniques, computational modeling, and other experimental methods to determine how biomolecules are regulated at the highest levels of resolution.


Emory University's Biochemistry, Cell & Developmental Biology Graduate Program faculty are committed to providing students with an education that will inspire a lifelong dedication to their discipline. They are experts in their fields and are focused on advancing their research while also ensuring that their students have access to cutting-edge research techniques and a dynamic learning environment. To that end, they will work with students one-on-one to help them develop a plan for their future and make connections in the field that will be beneficial long after graduation.

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BCDB graduates are highly sought after by employers in various industries, including pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms, and government agencies. They work as researchers, laboratory managers, and technical specialists in the industry and pursue independent research careers at universities or medical schools.

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Life at Emory University is one of the most exciting and intellectually stimulating experiences you could ask for.

A diverse, inclusive community welcomes students and faculty from all over the world. You'll find plenty of opportunities to get involved in campus life—and many resources available that will help you thrive as an Emory student.

The university has consistently ranked among the top 20 institutions nationally for NIH research support and was named one of the "New Ivies" by Newsweek—a tribute to both its academic excellence, as well as dedication to teaching.

Our faculty members are some of the most distinguished scholars in their fields and work closely with undergraduate students on research projects, independent study courses, or senior thesis projects.

Located just 6 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta, Emory's 704-acre campus is in a beautifully wooded area that offers students a peaceful environment to study but also provides easy access to Atlanta's bustling cultural scene.
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