The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology offers a high quality learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students within a high powered research program. We offer exciting research opportunities for our undergraduate majors and highly personalized training to Ph.D. graduate students and postdoctoral trainees. The BMB faculty has a tradition of excellence in teaching, while their research accomplishments have been recognized nationally and internationally in the areas of biochemistry, and molecular, cellular, and structural biology, and is supported by the highest levels of external funding per faculty in the College of Natural Sciences.
Understanding the role of a tiny protein in the brain could be the key to understanding the development of dementia associated with neuro-degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.
The discovery could lead to more accurate understanding of how the genome is encoded and decoded.
New experiments and computational models reveal in single-molecule detail how viruses initiate translation of genetic material into proteins.
Researchers found that the nucleocapsid protein in the SARS-CoV-2 virus may be associated with packaging of viral RNA and may reduce an infected cell’s anti-viral stress response.