About Our Department
The Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry at NC State has a small but very effective faculty conducting research in modern molecular and structural biology. The Department occupies approximately 30,000 square feet of space in Polk Hall on the "Brickyard" in the heart of the north campus. Our faculty is very effective at obtaining intra- and extra-mural funding for research from federal granting agencies and private foundations as well as from State and local sources. The faculty publishes an average of 28-30 scholarly papers annually in peer refereed journals, makes numerous presentations at national and international meetings, serves on editorial boards of scientific journals, and serves on national and international grants review panels.
The department has one of the most comprehensive programs in macromolecular structure-function in North America. Mass spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, electron cryo-microscopy and sophisticated fluorimetry are among the modern analytical technologies that are employed to solve the structure of large macromolecular aggregates, proteins and nucleic acids. NC State University and the Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry are members of the "Southeast Regional Consortium" of 23 universities (SER-CAT) who constructed a new synchrotron beamline at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. This membership ensures that the faculty and students of NC State Molecular and Structural Biochemistry will have access to the most sophisticated technology for structural analysis in the world. Together with excellent research programs in the regulation of gene expression and cell replication, research in structure-function relationships makes NC State Molecular and Structural Biochemistry an exciting and supportive environment in which to conduct research. NC State is located in the "Research Triangle" of North Carolina, an area that boasts the highest per capita population of Ph.D. degree holders in America and is one of the most research-intensive regions in the world.
The Graduate program at NC State Molecular and Structural Biochemistry offers Ph.D. and Masters (MS and MB) degrees in Biochemistry and draws excellent students from around the United States and around the world. Students are provided a competitive support package and are offered a challenging program of course work in modern molecular biophysics and biochemistry. Graduate students are major contributors to our research efforts, and our graduates go on to excellent post-doctoral experiences and career opportunities.
The Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry offers the undergraduate degree program in Biochemistry at NC State University. This program is truly an example of academic excellence. With over 400 undergraduate majors, it is one of the largest undergraduate Biochemistry programs in America and one of the most popular undergraduate degrees at NC State. The excellence of this program is underscored by the fact that in the past years 17% of all Phi Beta Kappas at NC State University were Biochemistry majors. The average GPA of students graduating with a degree in Biochemistry is about 3.5, with several students graduating each year with perfect 4.00 GPAs and with Latin honors. Top students are invited to join the departmental Honors program, which requires advanced mathematics, physics, physical chemistry (two semesters) and 3 credit hours of research. The undergraduate program in Biochemistry offers its majors the opportunity to conduct research in faculty laboratories, and many undergraduates become co-authors on scientific publications. We take great pride in our undergraduate program and the outstanding students who populate it.
Finally, the City of Raleigh is located in the center of the state of North Carolina. From the Great Smoky Mountains and Appalachian Trail in the west to the beaches and game preserves of the Outer Banks in the east, North Carolina has some of the best hiking trails, rivers, lakes, swamps and best kept state and national parks in America. The quality of professional and personal life at NC State is unexcelled.
I am very pleased and proud to be associated with this excellent collection of faculty, students and staff that is the NC State Molecular and Structural Biochemistry Department. I hope that you will find the information in our WebPage interesting and informative and that you will consider our department for your undergraduate or graduate educational experience. If I or any other member of our faculty can provide additional information or answer any question you may have about our programs, don't hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.-- A. Clay Clark