Department at a Glance

Points of Pride

  • ~700 undergraduates
  • 47% of our undergraduate majors are on the Dean’s List
  • BMB Faculty were awarded over $6.8 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
    • Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Education and Career Development

  • All BMB majors participate in authentic, course-based laboratory research.
  • Ludmila Tyler's new course “Molecular Genetics and Genomics” teaches students about genetics and genomics by breeding virtual dragons.

Faculty Achievements

  • Lila Gierasch has been the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Biological Chemistry from ASBMB since July 2016. She is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Peter Chien received a coveted five-year, $1.8 million NIH Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA).
  • Members of BMB faculty serve on a dozen editorial boards of major journals.

Undergraduate Achievements

  • BMB majors have been named Goldwater Scholars and Rising Researchers; received the Churchill Scholarship, 21st Century Leader Award, William F. Field Alumni Scholarship, Leaders in the Making Award, Senior Leadership Award, and ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship; have been accepted into the Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program at Harvard Medical School; and selected for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Research Internship Program and the Junior Fellows Program in the Life Sciences at UMass Amherst.