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Will research experience in a different field help my application?

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I am a senior at a big 10 research university and this november I will be applying for PhD programs. Mostly umbrella/interdisciplinary programs in realm of biochemistry/molecular biology/biophysics. For the past 3 years I have been doing research in biology/entomology, specifically studying bumblebee pigment chemistry/development and various environmental factors that impact pigmentation. While I really enjoy my work I am looking to pursue graduate studies in biochemistry (I am also majoring in biochemistry) but there is not much overlap between my research now and traditional biochemical research. I do expect I will have 1 publication by the time I apply (and another 2 in prep) but will my lack of relevant research experience hurt my application? Will admission committees care that my research was in a different field even though I have shown I can do publishable research?

P.S. here are my other stats

GPA: 3.5

GRE: 166Q (91%)

161V (92%)

5.0W (93%)

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