Message from the Chair

Researchers in our highly interactive department utilize cutting-edge approaches to understand the molecular basis of disease, including work focused on cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, aging and neurodegenerative disorders. Our work is funded by a wide variety of agencies, including over $12 million in research awards from the National Institutes of Health, placing us as one of the top ten NIH-funded biochemistry departments at public medical schools.

Our 30 outstanding faculty and their exceptional teams of research scientists, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and undergraduate researchers are key to our success. The collaborative nature of the department and the wide array of scientific approaches, from structural biology and biophysical methods to cell biological and organismal studies, also contribute to the exciting research environment.

The department also has a long history of outstanding educational programs. Our PhD program combines excellent coursework designed to give students a solid foundation in biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology with high quality mentored research experiences which train our students to be successful scientists and independent thinkers prepared to go on to a variety of careers. Students from our programs have gone on to positions in a range of scientific areas, including academic research and teaching positions, industry positions, government positions and careers in science policy.

The department also teaches a large number of undergraduate students both in the classroom and in independent research. We are proud of our people, our research, and our work in education! Please browse these pages to learn more, and feel free contact us with any questions.

Tianyan Gao

Professor and Chair