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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 2017

Last modified: Oct 05, 2018
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Open Job Positions

Dr. Liskin Swint-Kruse has been named chair of the department effective Feb. 1, 2019.   

In Memory:  Dr. Mark Fisher, 1954-2018

Formal Seminars
No Seminars March 15 & 22

Tuesday, March 26
Speaker:  Lejla Zubcevic, Ph.D.
Duke University School of Medicine
Title: "Mechanisms of TRPB ion channel gating"

Date: Friday, March 29
Speaker: Alan Tomkinson, Ph.D.
University of New Mexico
Title: "Insights into DNA ligase functions from small molecule inhibitors"

Literature Seminars
Date:  March 27
Speaker:  Mallory Smith

 Heartland Undergraduate Biochemistry Forum (HUB)
The 2018 HUB Forum was held on November 10th, 2018. 
Speaker: Dr. Jodi M. Nunnari, University of Davis
click on link above for poster winners

The 2019 HUB Forum will be held on November 16, 2019