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Prospective Students

Medicinal Chemistry Graduate Program

Graduate studies in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry are dedicated to research and education at the interface of the chemical and biological sciences. The graduate program is devoted to the education and training of students to become creative and independent investigators for positions in academic, industrial or government settings. Toward this end the graduate curriculum is an interdisciplinary composition of courses covering the major areas of contemporary medicinal chemistry.

Students seeking admission must hold at least a B.S. degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, or a related area.

All PhD students enter the Medicinal Chemistry PhD program though the Bioscience PhD Program in either Biological Chemistry or Molecular Biology. Students should can get information and apply at:

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Our faculty are also associated with these graduate programs

Molecular Biology

Microbial Biology



How to Apply

Graduate students in the Department are supported by research assistantships, which currently pay $35,500.00 per year. Tuition and fees are paid for students who are making satisfactory progress towards the Ph.D. degree.

The first year of graduate study is done in one of the Universities Interdepartmental Graduate Programs. Students typically join a research laboratory in Medicinal Chemistry in the 2nd year of graduate study at the University of Utah.

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Biological Chemistry Program

The Biological Chemistry Program is a graduate program consisting of three independent research tracks that enable students to tailor their education in one particular research area. The three tracks include the following:

  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Biology/Medicinal Chemistry
  • Structural Biology/Biophysics

Graduate students can choose to work with more than 40 faculty from the Departments of Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Oncological Sciences, Pharmaceutics/Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology and Toxicology and Physics (BC faculty research).

These investigators span diverse disciplines that involve chemical or physical approaches to biological problems.

Research Areas & Graduate Student Handbook

  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Drug Discovery Research
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Natural Product Research
  • Natural Products Drug Discovery
  • Glycobiology
  • Antiviral Drug Discovery
  • Therapeutic Biomaterials
  • Biodiversity
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Structure Based Drug Design
  • Molecular Simulation

Download Graduate Student Handbook

Contact Us

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact the Medicinal Chemistry Department Chair, Dr. Darrell Davis.

Department of Medicinal Chemistry

30 South 2000 East, Room 307

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-5820

Phone: (801) 585-6208