Examine biological processes from physical, chemical, and genetic perspectives to better understand how biochemical reactions are integrated and regulated.

Academic Highlights: The biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) BS degree is accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), which recognizes the highest standards of quality and innovation in BMB education. Fifty percent of BMB majors are on the Dean's list, and all BMB undergraduates participate in authentic, course-based laboratory research experiences (CUREs).

Research Areas: Topics include protein homeostasis and associated diseases, plant and environmental interactions, as well as mechanisms of cellular signal transduction.

Degrees: BS, MS, and PhD through the following interdisciplinary graduate programs:

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Plant Biology
  • Neuroscience and Behavior
  • Organismic and Evolutionary Biology


  • Tenure-track faculty: 12
  • Extension faculty: 1
  • Research faculty: 2
  • Lecturers: 5
  • Postdoctoral fellows: 10
  • Undergraduate major students: 700
  • Graduate students: 30

Research Awards: $5.2M

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