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Research Focus Areas

Research in the Department covers a broad spectrum of topics in modern biochemistry, ranging from structural biology to gene activity and regulation. Human disease processes such as cancer and immune function are the focus of research involving DNA replication, gene regulation, and tumor suppressor activity.

Enzyme function and drug development are important connections to the fields of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

Plant research projects concentrating on the biochemistry of lipid and carbohydrate biosynthesis have the potential for achieving major gains in the agricultural sector.

Structural modeling, computation, and design are integrated into many of these areas.