The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) is administered jointly by the Colleges of Natural Science, Human Medicine, and Osteopathic Medicine. Study for the Doctor of Philosophy or Master of Science degree with a major in biochemistry
and molecular biology may be administered by any one of the three colleges referenced
above. Study for the Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in biochemistry and
molecular biologyâenvironmental toxicology is administered by the College of Natural
Science. Areas of active research in the Department are extensive and diverse. Such
areas include plant biochemistry, computational biology, structural biology, eukaryotic
and prokaryotic molecular biology, membrane biochemistry and signaling mechanisms,
genomics, proteomics, intermediary metabolism and metabolic regulation, and mechanisms
of enzyme catalysis. Opportunities are also available for joint programs or collaborative
research in genetics, cell biology, microbiology, neuroscience, toxicology, biotechnology,
microbial ecology, and plant sciences.
The major objectives of the graduate program in BMB are to help students to develop their creative potential and to prepare them for careers in research and teaching in the biochemical sciences. Individual programs of study are designed to develop independent thought as well as broad knowledge and technical skills, through formal and informal courses, laboratory experience, seminars, individual study, and, foremost, through original research that forms the basis for the student's thesis or dissertation.
BMB is a group of over 50 faculty, over 100 graduate students and post-doctoral research associates, and over 400 undergraduate majors. The department is the focal point for biochemistry and molecular biology teaching and research on campus.