Message from the Chair


Thomas Hurley,
Interim Department Chair

Welcome 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 enjoying the fruits of a vigorous expansion phase over the past 10 years. We were lucky to add 10 exceptional faculty members to the department during this time. 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 20 primary tenure-track faculty members engaged in research and teaching with a focus on understanding the biochemical and molecular bases of fundamentally important biological processes. Current research activities include: cellular signaling mechanisms, gene regulation, post-transcriptional control and post-translational modification, cell cycle regulation, DNA repair, metabolic regulation, macromolecular structure/function, enzyme catalysis, chemical biology, structural biology, proteomics/genomics, bioinformatics/computational biology, and high throughput methods for therapeutic discovery. Our faculty and students are working at the forefront of research to probe the molecular mechanisms of cancer, diabetes and obesity, neurological disorders, infectious diseases, cardiovascular malfunctions, and alcoholism. The Department houses state of the art facilities and instrumentation for X-ray crystallography, chemical genomics, microarrays and high-throughput genotyping, genome sequencing, and molecular modeling, to name just a few.

The Department offers a Graduate Programs in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology leading to either a M.S. or Ph. D. degree awarded by the Indiana University Graduate School. Fifty-seven 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, research discussion groups, as well as a departmental retreat. We strive to educate our students so they develop the biochemical and molecular skills necessary to drive the current revolution in the biomedical sciences and communicate those findings to diverse audiences.

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

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