Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology!
This site will tell you about the Department; its degree
programs, courses, faculty, staff, facilities and activities. We are
moderate in size (not too big, not too small!), with all of the major
instrumentation and facilities to allow our faculty and coworkers to perform
world-class research, while maintaining an atmosphere conducive to
one-on-one interactions among faculty, staff, and students at all levels.
The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department has an outstanding
faculty of 25 dedicated and enthusiastic regular members and 30 affiliated
members and approximately 50 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. In
addition to strong graduate programs, we are dedicated to research, and
consider it an essential component of the education of our graduates. A
significant number of peer-reviewed publications from the Department are
co-authored by our students. The Department had a major expansion beginning in
2002 and with the recruitment of new faculty and now has research efforts of
international stature in several areas.
I am also pleased to announce that the Department has a new highly
interactive, multi-disciplinary initiative underway in cellular and
Our mission is to prepare students for successful careers as independent
investigators in academia, government, biotechnology, and in teaching. If
you are searching for outstanding training in biochemistry, molecular
biology, structural biology, and cellular and molecular signaling, this is
the place for you. We welcome your inquiries and comments. I hope that you
find your virtual visit to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular
Biology an enjoyable one, and I encourage you to drop in and visit us in
Sarah Spiegel, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology