About the Program

Chemical biology applies the tools and techniques of modern chemistry to biological problems that have resisted traditional approaches.

Operating at the exciting interface between two well-established disciplines, the University of Michigan Program in Chemical Biology (PCB) taps into the breadth of expertise across campus — creating, in essence, a virtual department spanning three schools and colleges, 10 departments and over 50 faculty.

The doctoral program is designed to provide maximum flexibility for students to pursue their research interests within a larger framework that includes an interdisciplinary core curriculum, and regular programming to bring students and faculty together.

The master's degree program in cancer chemical biology provides students with an intensive one-year experience in quantitative scientific coursework in an exciting, emerging field. Many students go on to pursue a Ph.D. or medical, pharmacy, nursing, or dental degrees. Others apply their skills to jobs in industry or other positions outside of academia. The program also provides international students with direct experience at a U.S. institution before applying to doctoral programs — including access to courses provided by U-M English Language Institute focused on high level communication skills.

The Program in Chemical Biology is also one of more than 180 programs offered through the Rackham Graduate School. The Graduate School works with the program to ensure our students receive a quality education in a vibrant and diverse community. Program admissions and statistics including information on alumni placement are managed through the school.  The program's administrative home is in the U-M Life Sciences Institute — a stand-alone bioscience research institute, which is home to several PCB faculty and cutting-edge core technology labs.