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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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Lexy Cockrell in the Gerton lab received an NIH F30.


2021 Student Research Forum winners:

Mandeep Kaur made the final round of the 3-minute thesis competition.

Benjamin Ryan place First in his section for Oral Presentations. 

Max Fairlamb had the Best Overall Poster. 

Nicole Hoitsma won the Joe Kimmel Award for excellence in  biomedical research.   

Formal Seminars

Will resume in the fall.

Literature Seminars

Will resume in the fall.

Heartland Undergraduate Biochemistry Forum (HUB)

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


Postdoctoral Fellow