Multiple federal- or state-funded PhD graduate research and teaching assistantships are available within the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) at the University of Nevada, Reno. The BMB department is home to 17 research and teaching faculty members with interests that span plant metabolism, signal transduction, and growth regulation, insect-vectored disease biology, human metabolic disease, and bioinformatics. Interested applicants can browse the descriptions of our Faculty Bios and learn more about our program's Research activities and can apply to the Molecular Biosciences (MB) Graduate Program: Biochemistry concentration by completing an online application with the Graduate School by December 15 to receive full consideration for admission in the fall semester and by June 15 to receive full consideration for admission in the spring semester. Currently, the following research groups have PhD student openings:
Choi laboratory: Long-distance calcium signaling during plant abiotic stress
Cushman laboratory: Synthetic biochemistry of Crassulacean Acid Metabolism photosynthesis
Ferreira dos Santos laboratory: plant pathogen interactions and symbioses
Harper laboratory: Precision engineering of plant heat stress responses
Kosma laboratory: Mechanisms of suberin deposition in Arabidopsis and potato
Wallace laboratory: Regulation of plant cell wall deposition
Yim laboratory: Plant genomics and bioinformatics
Interested applicants may contact Dr. John C. Cushman, Director of the Biochemistry graduate program (firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional inquiries.
Minimum qualifications for admittance to the PhD program include the following:
An undergraduate degree in a related area with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) with transcripts. Please note that official transcripts will be required prior to formal admission.
Combined new Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of 300 or better (GRE Inst. Code = 4844 U Nevada Reno) are recommended, but not required. A GRE subject test (e.g., Biology) is also not required, but recommended.
Competitive TOEFL (IELTS or Duolingo test results are also accepted) exam score if English is your second language (Minimum scores for admission and assistantships: 79 Internet TOEFL iBT) and English was not the primary instructional language in the country of origin.
Three letters of recommendation.
Please note that no faculty member’s permission or mentorship is necessary before applying.
Official transcripts (unofficial transcripts can be submitted provisionally, but official transcripts are required for formal admission into the program).
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About University of Nevada - Reno
Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno is the State of Nevada’s land grant institution with a statewide mission and presence. The University of Nevada, Reno is a Carnegie I Research Institution and has been recognized as a “Top Tier” Best National University by U.S. News & World Report. With an enrollment of nearly 21,000 students we offer 145 Tier 1 accredited degree programs. Located in the picturesque Truckee Meadows the University of Nevada, Reno is surrounded by numerous state and national parks, is 45 minutes from beautiful Lake Tahoe, and four hours from San Francisco.The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience. The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person’s age, disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obliga...tions, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, or religion. See: https://www.unr.edu/equal-opportunity-title-ix for more details.