Science - Biochemistry

  • Degree: PhD
  • Campus: Debbieh
  • Faculty: Science
  • Department: Biological Sciences

Program Description

To obtain a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry, the student should successfully complete a total of 40 credit hours, including 18 credit hours of course work with a CGPA of no less than 3.0, and successfully defend the dissertation (22 credit hours) in no less than three years. Moreover, the student has to pass a comprehensive exam after passing the 18 credit hours of coursework with a CGPA of no less than 3.0 before registration of his/her dissertation.

Chairperson Dr. Mahmoud Khalil

Associate Professors Dr. Jamilah Borjac

Assistant Professors Dr. Ghada Khawaja, Dr. Tarek Houri, Dr. Rana El Hajj, Dr. Nawal El Hakawati

The mission of the Ph.D. Program in Biochemistry is to provide research-based graduate training and accredited high-quality education beyond the traditional boundaries. It seeks distinction in knowledge production that encompasses different fields. Our research mission is to create new concepts to solve novel scientific issues.

The objectives of the Ph.D. program in Biochemistry are to:

  1. Provide graduate students with advances in biochemical concepts and principles.
  2. Arrange for students to become familiar with the latest techniques in biochemistry and related disciplines such as molecular biology.
  3. Guide students to become independent scientists.
  4. Train students to develop proficiency in critical analysis of scientific research problems.
  5. Educate students about the methods of disseminating their knowledge to others.
  6. Promote the capacity for lifelong learning.
  1. Knowledge and understanding:

    1. Exploring the biochemical and molecular processes that occur in various cell types.
    2. Acquiring the skills of proposal writing for the funding of research projects.
    3. Discuss the mechanisms of disease incidence and the strategies for the treatment of human diseases at the molecular and cellular levels.
    4. Mastering the aspects of the modern disciplines of biochemistry at the molecular, cellular, and organism levels.
    5. Describing a variety of experimental methods in biochemistry.
    6. Merging knowledge of biochemistry and related disciplines such as molecular biology, biotechnology, and biomedical science.
    7. Identifying and efficiently using biochemical databases and literature sources.
    8. Applying the ethical principles of the discipline for citing sources, using human subjects, and teamwork.

  2. Intellectual abilities:

    1. Tackling challenging scientific questions in the field of biochemistry.
    2. Demonstrate the ability to conduct research projects, analyze the obtained data, and draw reasonable conclusions.
    3. Demonstrate proficiency in integrating knowledge in various concepts in biochemistry.
    4. Demonstrate skills and expertise in biochemistry for various career opportunities.
    5. Use critical thinking to evaluate biochemistry problems.
    6. Display the ability to acquire continuous learning.
    7. Make hypotheses, select results, and analyze the obtained data to confirm or reject these hypotheses.

  3. Professional and Practical Competencies:

    1. Conduct experimental biochemical and molecular approaches and strategies to solve biochemical problems.
    2. Effectively conduct research projects in biochemistry.
    3. Operate and practice laboratory instrumentations efficiently.
    4. Conduct the experimental results and observations clearly and draw scientific conclusions.
    5. Prepare relevant research publications in peer-reviewed journals.

  4. General and transferable skills:

    1. Communicate scientific information clearly and precisely, both in written and oral forms.
    2. Work effectively in a professional or laboratory setting.
    3. Recognize and respond to the need for lifelong learning.
    4. Can function effectively independently or as a member of a team.
    5. Self-management and handling of difficult scientific concepts.
To obtain the Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry, the student should successfully complete a total of 40 credit hours, of which 18 credit hours are for course work, maintaining a cumulative GPA of no less than 3.0, and 22 credit hours for the dissertation to be defended successfully. Before registering the dissertation, the student must pass a comprehensive exam after passing his/her 18 credits of courses.
The minimum period of study for a PhD is three years and the maximum is six years from the date of enrolment in the program.
  1. Pursue a postdoctoral position in biochemistry and related subjects.
    1. Acquire an assistant professor of biochemistry position or related fields at universities.
    2. Research positions in research laboratories and facilities, industry, and governmental agencies.

    Program Requirements Credits
    Courses* 18
    Dissertation 22
    Total 40

    The program utilizes a number of well-equipped laboratories for practical work and research. The Laboratories serving the program are:

    1. Biology Laboratory
    2. Biology Research Laboratory
    3. Microbiology Laboratory
    4. Biochemistry Laboratory
    5. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Specialized Laboratory
    6. Microbiology Specialized Laboratory
    7. Tissue Culture Laboratory
    8. Animal House Facility (Breeding Room)
    9. Animal House Facility (for Post Graduate Students)

    Study Plan:

    Elective Courses (EC)

    Course Code Course Title Credits Hours Distribution Course Type
    BCHM701 Selected Topics In Biochemistry 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) EC
    BCHM702 Directed Individual Study In Biochemistry 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) EC
    BCHM703 Systems Biology 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) EC
    BCHM704 Cellular And Molecular Basis Of Diseases 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) EC
    BCHM705 Physical Biochemistry 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) EC
    BCHM706 Genomics And Proteomics 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) EC
    BCHM707 Advanced Medical Biochemistry 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) EC
    BIOL743 Seminar In Immunogenetics 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) EC
    BIOL744 Bacterial Biochemistry 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) EC

    Mandatory Course (MC)

    Course Code Course Title Credits Hours Distribution Course Type
    BCHM790 Dissertation 22 (22 Crs.) MC