Message From The Faculty
Biomedical sciences are currently experiencing a golden era, founded on recent advances in molecular biology, biophysics, structural biology and biochemistry. Almost daily we learn of discoveries that impact our understanding of human diseases. We are on the threshold of defining the exact molecular mechanisms of genetic diseases, carcinogenesis, development, aging, and many cellular processes. Our department provides students and postdoctoral fellows a program aimed at understanding fundamental mechanisms and the structural basis of life processes. We believe that the next decade of science will rely on a blend of structural biology, molecular biology, and molecular genetics. Faculty in our department integrate these fields on topics that span from regulation of gene expression, recombination and chromatin structure, to cell signaling, cell cycle control, membrane biology, RNA and protein structure and function, and receptor-ligand or enzyme-substrate interactions. We utilize prokaryotic, yeast, nematode and mammalian model systems and incorporate advanced genomics and proteomics approaches of study. The physics and chemistry of biomacromolecules is studied using x-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, EPR and ENDOR spectroscopy, fluorescence transfer, CD, and a variety of chromatographic techniques.
The Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics is comprised of over 60 faculty with well- funded and active research programs in many diverse areas.
Graduate students in our Ph.D. programs, therefore, have a great deal of flexibility to rotate through many different types of research labs. A significant priority of the faculty in our department is to provide a high quality, dynamic, and very supportive research and teaching environment for graduate students. While we have 30 individual research labs, many research groups in our department interact very successfully and build strengths and expertise in 8 main research areas, which are valuable to the training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.