Biochemical Mechanisms in Medicine- Career Opportunities and Marketable Skills
The Biochemical Mechanisms in Medicine discipline is excellent preparation for research careers in academia, the biotech/pharma sector or government agencies. Graduates of the BMM discipline enjoy a uniquely broad array of career opportunities, as biochemistry is considered a foundational discipline in the life sciences, spanning the interface of chemistry and biomedical science. The rigorous training is the ideal launch pad for an independent professional position.
Typical research-intensive employment outcomes of our graduates include:
- Research and/or teaching faculty positions at a university or medical school
- Research scientist in a biotech or pharmaceutical company
- Research scientist at a government or military research laboratory
Non-research-intensive career outcomes may include:
- College-level teaching
- Scientific writing/publishing, journalism
- Science policy/management
- Patent law
- Academic administration
Career opportunities in the biomedical sciences are boundless. Good employment resources are the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology and the Biophysical Society career pages.
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is proud to partner with the Texas Higher Education Board in helping students develop and build on skills employers value and seek out in job candidates.
PhD in Integrated Biomedical Sciences:
1. Management of Existing Research Data & Information
Identify, evaluate, integrate and interpret large quantities of information applicable to a given problem from multiple sources including the scientific literature and relevant databases.
2. Project Development & Successful Execution
Manage a research endeavor from intellectual conceptualization to successful timely completion.
3. Analysis & Problem-Solving
Identify and define gaps in scientific knowledge; and then gather information from across the biomedical sciences to synthesize experimental approaches for testing hypotheses designed to fill those gaps.
4. Professional Collaboration
Identify opportunities to collaborate with others to strengthen experimental strategies for achieving common goals.
5. Effective Work Habits
Work with minimum supervision toward research goals and satisfying other program requirements; develop time-management and organizational skills that allow “multi-tasking” and to meet deadlines.
6. Oral Communication
Present effectively, in various venues, complex research problems and solutions to audiences of varied levels of experience and expertise.
7. Defense of Ideas - Oral
Develop oral skills of debating ideas based on scientific facts so as to defend particular interpretations and conclusions.
8. Written Communication
Write clear concise descriptions of research problems, experimental design and results so as to effectively support interpretations and conclusions.
The Office of Career Development
UT Health San Antonio graduate students have access to the GSBS Office of Career Development (OCD). The OCD provides career and professional development training opportunities including individual meetings/career counseling, workshops & seminars. The OCD also works with the Graduate School’s Career Advisory Council and provides career exploration talks. The OCD provides graduate students a framework to discover next steps in their career along with resources to encourage and prepare graduate students for the future.
Dr. Burl Henderson (Class of 1976) has been a biochemist in both private industry and in public universities.
Dr. Ahmad Galaleldeen is currently an associate professor at the Biological Sciences Department at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.
Dr. Paul Langlais (Class of 2004) is an Associate Professor and a proteomics lab director at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.