About the Department

Chair's Welcome

Chair

I extend a cordial welcome to you from the Department of Biochemistry Molecular Biology. This site will tell you about the Department; it's 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 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 molecular signaling.

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 Molecular Biology an enjoyable one, and I encourage you to drop in and visit us in person!

Sincerely,

Sarah Spiegel, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Biochemistry; Molecular Biology

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