The fields of molecular biology and biochemistry broadly encompass the study of how the molecules of life contribute to biological processes. These molecules include DNA, RNA, and proteins as well as lipids and carbohydrates. There are many dozens of laboratories in the Division of Biology and Bioengineering and other divisions at the Institute that perform cutting edge research in these fields. The approaches of these laboratories cover the gamut of established and emerging technologies from detailed structural examination of individual molecules to global analysis of biological pathways. Representative areas of study include signal transduction, protein degradation, DNA replication, transcriptional regulation, small RNAs, genomic stability, protein folding, immunological recognition, cytoskeletal structure, mitochondrial dynamics, protein trafficking, and organelle assembly. Experimental systems range from the simplest bacteria to the most complex vertebrate cells. Our laboratories mostly address the basic mechanisms underlying these processes, but these studies often have profound implication for human health and disease. The strength of Caltech in chemistry, physics, engineering, and computer science provides a fertile environment for interdisciplinary approaches to biology.
- Ch/Bi 110. Introduction to Biochemistry
- Ch/Bi 111. Biochemistry of Gene Expression
- Ch/Bi 253. Advanced topics in biochemistry
Application for the Biology PhD Option and any of the tracks is through the Caltech Graduate Studies Office.