Structural Biology & Biophysics Program @ Duke University
SBB Graduate Training Program Summary
The Structural Biology and Biophysics Program (SBB) provides a collegial environment for training in researching biological problems at the molecular level. Emphasis includes structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids, protein folding and design, the application of advanced physical and computational methods to the study of macromolecules, and the development of new methodologies to enhance such research. Specific areas of interest are described in the research summaries of participating faculty, and in faculty highlights. A sample of student projects are highlighted below.
Any Duke graduate student with compatible interests is welcome in the program, and can earn a Certificate in Structural Biology and Biophysics along with their PhD diploma by participating in the weekly seminar series and taking the core courses. Students applying to the Duke University Graduate School who are interested in structural biology and/or biophysics are encouraged to apply for admission directly through the Program. Students admitted through the SBB program are automaticallly admitted to the department of the participating faculty whose lab the student joins at the end of the second semester.
The SBB Program will accept applications submitted by December 31st (despite the deadline listed on Duke's online application site).
The SBB program has a proven track record of supporting the needs of underrepresented minority students (such as ethnic minorities and individuals with disabilities). Our current students include 4 from underrepresented minorities. We have experience reviewing such applications, and the flexibility in our training program is excellent at accommodating special training requirements for all students. See also SBB-Duke diversity page.
SBB related Web Resources and Facilities -- The SBB member labs generate and maintain a variety of web services, software, etc. developed and used here but also of value to the wider community. The SBB depot page is our central entry to this material. See also SBB-relevant Duke facilities & organizations.
SBB Contact Info -- SBB program office: Carol Richardson, SBB Admin.
Harold P. Erickson, Director of Graduate Studies (DGS)
Terry Oas, Director of the SBB Program