Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The mission of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is to provide:

  • a dynamic research environment with programs in the disciplines of biochemistry and molecular biology.
  • a superior educational experience for graduate students and medical students.
  • a rich training environment for postdoctoral fellows.
  • service to our institution and community.

Our areas of research strength include:

  • Regulation of gene expression, emphasizing but not limited to transcription regulation.
  • Protein folding and structure determination.
  • Allosteric regulation of protein function.
  • Signal transduction.

Our faculty members are associated with a variety of cross-disciplinary centers within the university.

Core services are available, which includes: a transgenic mouse facility; a biotechnology support center that offers DNA synthesis, sequencing, and microchip analysis; a state-of-the-art mass spectrometry facility; in-house x-ray crystallographic equipment; and a variety of spectro­scopy and calorimetry instruments, including advanced fluorescence equipment.