Department faculty members have been instrumental in developing and leading many interdisciplinary programs at CSU including the Cell and Molecular Biology graduate program, the Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Neuroscience program (graduate admission and BS degree), and the Chemical Biology graduate program.

Other university research facilities owe their origins to the Department of Biochemistry, including two Foundational Core Facilities: the Proteomics and Metabolomics Core housed in the Microbiology Building, which grew out of the Macromolecular Resource Facility started in MRB in 1990, and the Microscope Imaging Network, which developed from the Fluorescence Microscopy and Image Analysis Center, also started in 1990. Planet Protein, a unique protein purification core, is housed within the Department.

Breif History of our beginnings:


Founded in 1966, with faculty from Chemistry and from the Chemistry and Endocrine Sections of the CSU Agricultural Experiment Station (what used to be a major funding agency for CSU research in many areas).   The newly formed department offered both the MS and Ph.D. degrees, but all advisors needed to apply and be accepted as members of the graduate faculty.


The undergraduate (B.S.) major was started in 1984 and currently has over 300 students.


Completion of MRB and planning of move.


Fall 2018 the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology received a prestigious accreditation by the nationally recognized American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).


Fall 2019 the launching of two new Professional Science Master’s programs Biological Data Analytics and Microscope Imaging Technology.

Department News

Key early steps in gene expression captured in real time by CSU researchers

For the first time, CSU researchers have observed early RNA transcription dynamics by recording where, when and how RNA polymerase enzymes kick off transcription by binding to a DNA sequence.

CSU researchers discover key protein associated with dementia, other diseases

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.

Genetic material packaged inside cells is more solid than liquid

The discovery could lead to more accurate understanding of how the genome is encoded and decoded.

Color-coded biosensor illuminates in real time how viruses attack hosts

New experiments and computational models reveal in single-molecule detail how viruses initiate translation of genetic material into proteins.