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Message from the Chair

zyz-m.jpgWelcome to the web page for the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Indiana University School of Medicine.  This is an exciting time for the department as we are in the midst of a vigorous expansion phase.  We had 9 new faculty members join the department during the past three years and we have plans to hire 4-6 additional faculty over the next few years.  The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology provides an excellent scientific environment, with a friendly and supportive atmosphere, filled with energetic students, faculty, fellows, and staff.  I hope you take the opportunity to explore our web site. 

The Department currently has 22 primary faculty members engaged in research and teaching with a focus on understanding the biochemical and molecular bases of fundamentally important life processes.  Current research activities include: cellular signaling mechanisms, gene regulation, post-transcriptional control and post-translational modification, cell cycle regulation and DNA repair, metabolic regulation, macromolecular structure/function, enzyme catalysis, chemical biology, structural biology, proteomics/genomics, bioinformatics/computational biology, and high throughput methods for functional studies.  Our faculty and students are working at the forefront of research into the molecular mechanisms of cancer, diabetes and obesity, neurological disorders, infectious diseases, cardiovascular malfunctions, and alcoholism.  The Department is the academic home of four major programs of the IU School of Medicine: Center for Diabetes Research, Center for Structural Biology, Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, and Center for Medical Genomics.  The Department houses state of the art facilities and instruments for X-ray crystallography, chemical genomics, microarrays and high-throughput genotyping, DNA sequencing, and molecular modeling, to name just a few.

The Department offers a Graduate Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology leading to the Ph. D. degree awarded by the Indiana University Graduate School.  Forty-nine students are currently enrolled in our program.  Our teaching mission includes core graduate courses in molecular biology and biochemistry, as well as medical courses in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology.  In addition, we offer advanced courses in a wide range of specialty areas reflecting the research interests of our faculty.  Students regularly participate in numerous departmental and program events such as journal clubs, research seminars and departmental retreat.  We strive to help students develop the biochemical and molecular skills necessary to drive the current revolution in the biomedical sciences. 

Please contact us if you are interested in joining our Faculty, Graduate Program or our research endeavors.