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 2017

Last modified: Aug 22, 2017
Upcoming Events

Formal Seminars
February 23:
Peter C. Harris, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic
"The importance of posttranslational processing of polycystin-1 and fibrocystin to localization and function"

Literature Seminars
March 14: 
Speaker; Nicole Ellis
No seminars currently scheduled for Feb 21 and 28, and Mar 7


Heartland Undergraduate Biochemistry Forum (HUB)
The 2018 HUB Forum is scheduled for November 10th, 2018.  Speaker TBA

The 2017 HUB Forum was held on November 11th
Guest Speaker was Dr. Thomas Kunkel
Dr. Kunkel is a NIH Distinguished Investigator in the Genomic Integrity and Structural Biology Laboratory, National Institue of Environmental Health Sciences.