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Structural Biology

A degree in structural biology may get you started in a career in the biological sciences. Read on to explore more about this growing field.

Inside Structural Biology

Studies in structural biology strive to understand life at the molecular level. The field is interdisciplinary with genetics, biochemistry and cell biology. Biological scientists in the field of structural biology are working to reveal the structure and function of protein molecules that are the driving factor in biological processes. Understanding these processes fosters advancement in different fields of biomedical research, such as in cancer biology, reproductive biology, neurobiology, endocrinology, genetics and stem cell biology.

Education Information

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that most biological scientists hold Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees, though it is possible to find positions with a bachelor's or master's degree (www.bls.gov). Since structural biology is an interdisciplinary field, though, a relevant undergraduate degree program, which would likely cover studies in biochemistry, endocrinology, genetics, immunology and molecular biology, may help lay the groundwork for research careers within the biological sciences.

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