The chemical biology Ph.D. path at UW-Madison was established in 2010. The program is highly competitive, centered on research, and provides integrated, world-class training at the interface of chemistry and biology. U.S. News & World Report ranks UW-Madison Department of Chemistry No. 2 in the U.S. for biochemistry (i.e., chemical biology).
Today, many exciting research opportunities lie at the interfaces between disciplines. The interface between chemistry and biology is particularly rich, and a number of research groups in the UW-Madison Department of Chemistry interweave ideas from chemistry and biology to solve important problems. Our faculty are helping to define this evolving approach to science. UW-Madison is one of the strongest centers in the world for research at the chemistry-biology interface.
The chemical biology research at UW-Madison is exceptionally broad in scope. Research groups are generally either developing new experimental and spectroscopic techniques to characterize biomolecules and biological phenomena, synthesizing compounds and materials with novel biological activity, or combining both of these approaches. Because this type of research is inherently collaborative, many faculty conduct joint projects with other research groups in the department and across campus at UW-Madison. In this interactive environment, faculty and students share specialized equipment and facilities and seek out opportunities for collaboration.
Students in the chemical biology path benefit from seminars, research experiences, and other types of connections with UW-Madison departments such as bacteriology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, biomolecular chemistry, chemical and biological engineering, medical microbiology and immunology, and pharmacy.