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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Our mission is to:

  • provide a dynamic research environment with programs in the disciplines of biochemistry and molecular biology
  • provide a superior educational experience for graduate students and medical students
  • provide a rich training environment for postdoctoral fellows
  • provide 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 Fetal Maternal Biology. 

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. 


                                                                            BMB Faculty, May 2019

Last modified: Aug 11, 2020
Upcoming Events


Joan Conaway, BMB Affiliate Faculty at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences


Several BMB faculty have won M1/M2 teaching awards and that will be awarded at this year's (virtual) Grande Affair:
• Dr. Joseph Fontes will be honored with the M1 Above and Beyond award AND the M2 Above and Beyond award
• Dr. Stephen Parnell will be honored with the M1 Illuminator award
• Dr. Chad Slawson will be honored with the M1 Mighty Punch award

Dr. Christy Hagan was designated as a "NextGen Star" for American Association for Cancer Research. She will give a research presentation at upcoming AACR conference.

Formal Seminars
Date: February 12
Speaker: Dr. Olivia Veatch,University of Kansas Medical Center
Title TBA

Literature Seminars
Date:  TBA
Speaker: TBA

Heartland Undergraduate Biochemistry Forum (HUB)
The 2021 HUB Forum has been scheduled for November 13th, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Tamir Gonen, University of California - LA


Research Technician

A research technician position is available immediately in the NIH-funded Genome Maintenance and Structural Biology group of Dr. Bret Freudenthal. The candidate selected for the position will work as part of a diverse research group, encompassing undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral level scientists, employing multiple structural, cellular, molecular biology, and biochemical approaches focusing on determining how genome stability is maintained in response to DNA damage. The technician will work on a number of projects in the lab as needs arise. Past technicians have been on multiple publications in from the lab. For more information about the laboratory, please see our website at  View the position description and apply.