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

Dr. Amy Whittaker on receipt of an NIH K99/R00 grant entitled "Repair of Oxidative Damage in G-Quadruplex Promoter DNA"
Dr. Jim Calvet, Dr. Stephen Parnell, and the Kidney Institute for receiving an NIH U54 center grant entitled "Kansas PKD Research and Translation Core Center"

Formal Seminars
Date: October 23rd
Dr. Laurie Sanders, Duke University
"Genome integrity in Parkinson's disease: From biomarker to mechanism"

Literature Seminars
Date:  October 21st
Ben Ryan

Heartland Undergraduate Biochemistry Forum (HUB)
The 2020 HUB Forum has been canceled and rescheduled for November 13th, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Tamir Gonen, University of California - LA

The 2019 HUB Forum was held on November 16th 
Speaker: Dr. Arthur Horwich, Yale University
Poster presentation winners:
1st place:  Wyel Halimeh, Wichita State
2nd Place: Benjamin Bashaw, Missouri Western

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