Mark Elliott

Mark Elliot, PhD

 Raja Mazumder, PhD

Raja Mazumder, PhD

Manjari Dimri

Manjari Dimri, MBBS


Details for the following track-specific information will be updated on BMM Educational Programs webpages in the near future.

To continue offering a modern, highly integrated program of graduate study, the Biochemistry track and the Bioinformatics track will be merged into a single MS in Bioinformatics and Molecular Biochemistry program starting Fall 2023. The focus will be on teaching Bioinformatics and its research application in Genomics, Biochemistry, and Molecular Medicine.

Current students and incoming Spring 2023 students will not be affected by this change. Please contact us for more information.

The MS in Bioinformatics and Molecular Biochemistry is offered by the Graduate School of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at the Foggy Bottom campus in Washington District of Columbia. This educational program consists of two tracks a Biochemistry track and a Bioinformatics track. The program provides schedule flexibility (classes are held in the late afternoons and evenings), options to choose between a thesis or non-thesis tracks and between a 1-year or a 2-year program. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 the Bioinformatics Track provides an excellent opportunity to learn skills that are becoming increasingly important in biomedical research. Students will be encouraged to interact with department faculty who are creating bioinformatics research opportunities that can be pursued remotely or in-person. It combines a rigorous and up-to-date curriculum with hands-on experience in a myriad of laboratories and research initiatives and allows students to partially create their own program by offering a diverse elective courses pool. The program includes students coming from many countries, and our graduates have gone on to successfully pursue many career paths. In addition, the Institute of Biomedical Sciences offers a Ph.D. track in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics.

The Department has a passionately committed Teaching Faculty with a strong biomedical research background, who teaches most of the undergraduate, graduate, medical and allied health biochemistry and molecular biology courses. The Research Faculty develops and teaches the advanced courses for the MS and Ph.D. programs, and mentors students in their research projects.

Biochemistry & Molecular Medicine MS Programs


The MS Program in Bioinformatics and Molecular Biochemistry offers an interdisciplinary, application-based curriculum in Biomedical Informatics and Biochemistry. Located in the heart of Washington DC, our programs are in close proximity to government labs (NIH, USDA and FDA), as well as biotechnology companies, research hospitals, law firms, non-profits and NGOs; providing students with ample, unparalleled professional development opportunities.

Bioinformatics Track

One of the first in the US, this track is devoted exclusively to teaching important genomewide approaches to medicine and biology. It focuses on medical genomics, proteomics, analytical bioinformatics, Big Data statistics, system biology, pharmaceutical oncology, algorithm development, Next-Generation sequencing, data analysis and annotation. After graduating, students work as bioinformatitians in academia or industry, or pursue PhD programs at GW or at other leading institutions.

Biochemistry Track

Here students will build a strong foundation in biochemistry and molecular biology, covering topics such as protein structure and function, biochemical genetics, methods in molecular biology, bioinformatics and carbohydrate, lipid and protein biotechnology. Students will be prepared for careers in academic or industrial research; and in any field from advanced biomedical research, medicine, and public health, to law and policy.

Research Opportunities

  • Cancer Biology
  • Autism
  • Cardiovascular
  • Pathobiology
  • Computational Genomics

What we offer you:

  • Schedule flexibility
  • Thesis and nonthesis tracks
  • 1-year or 2-year programs
  • Hands-on experience in a myriad of laboratories & research initiatives
  • Diverse elective courses pool to choose from

Application dates

  • Fall Domestic: August 1st
  • International: May 1st
  • Spring Domestic: December 1st
  • International: October 1st


Manjari Dimri, MBBS
Associate Professor
Program Director
Ross Hall, Room 205