Department at a Glance

Points of Pride

  • 650+ undergraduates are the result of a 51% increase over 3 years.
  • 53% of BMB undergraduate majors are on the Dean’s List.
  • 14% of our majors have a GPA of 3.9 or 4.0
  • BMB Faculty were awarded over $4.9 million in funding for research in the areas of biomedicine and plant growth and development from the following sources:
    • National Institutes of Health
    • National Science Foundation
    • U.S. Department of Agriculture
    • U.S. Department of Energy
    • Burroughs Wellcome Fund
    • Merck

Education and Career Development

  • 35% of our majors choose to get hands-on experience through independent projects in research labs.
  • New course “Biochemistry in the Real World” includes career panel with BMB alumni speakers.

Faculty Achievements

  • Lila Gierasch received the 2014 Mildred Cohn Award in Biological Chemistry from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; named a 2014 Fellow of the Biophysical Society; and appointed to the National Institutes of Health’s Council of Councils.
  • Jennifer Normanly is the editor of the newly published High-Throughput Phenotyping in Plants: Methods and Protocols.
  • Alejandro Heuck developed a patent licensed by Seahorse Biosciences.
  • Members of BMB faculty serve on a dozen editorial boards of major journals.

Undergraduate Achievements

  • In the past 4 years, BMB majors have: been named Goldwater Scholar, received the 21st Century Leader Award, William F. Field Alumni Scholarship, Leaders in the Making Award, Senior Leadership Award, an ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, have been accepted into the Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program at Harvard Medical School, four were selected for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Research Internship Program and nine were selected for the Junior Fellows Program in the Life Sciences at UMass Amherst.