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, including The Kidney Institute, the COBRE for Protein Structure and Function, the COBRE for Novel Approaches for Control of Microbial Pathogens, the COBRE for Molecular Regulation of Cell Development and Differentiation, the Cancer Center and the Institute for Reproductive Health and Regenerative Medicine.

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.