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About the Graduate Program

The graduate program in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Oregon State University grants primarily doctorate (Ph.D.) degrees, but also offers thesis and non-thesis Master of Science (M.S.) degrees. We offer a broad range of research topics through the core faculty within the department, those associated with the Linus Pauling Institute, and affiliate Adjunct Faculty from other departments throughout the OSU campus.

Research interests of the faculty in the graduate program include aging, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease), atherosclerosis, bioinformatics, biosensors, cancer biology, chemical biology, cell signaling, computational biology, DNA and histone modifications, epigenetics, membrane protein biochemistry, micronutrients, mouse transgenics, oxidative stress, protein and nucleic acid structure and function, production of secondary metabolites, protein engineering, and transcriptional regulation by nuclear receptors.

The department is one of nine academic departments in the College of Science. Research in the department is supported by over $4 million dollars annually from external grants. The department is well equipped with research facilities that include confocal and laser dissection microscopy, flow cytometry, X-ray crystallography, NMR, mass spectrometry, in-house access to high-throughput DNA sequencing, analytical centrifugation, and computational resources, and is supported by additional facilities and staff in the Environmental Health Sciences Center and the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing.

Oregon State University is a broadly based public institution enrolling about 25,000 undergraduate students. It is one of only two U.S. universities holding Land, Sea, Sun and Space Grant status. Accordingly, the university has developed strong programs in the sciences, agriculture, oceanography, and forestry. The main campus is located in Corvallis, a college-oriented city of about 60,000 inhabitants in the lush Willamette Valley. Corvallis is a short drive from both the Oregon Coast and the snow-capped Cascade mountains.