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Welcome to the home page of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, where our faculty have developed superb educational and research programs. Learn more about our department

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is a core principle in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The data show that a diversity of backgrounds brings new perspectives and insights, stimulating innovation, the engine that drives scientific discovery (1). We promote these principles because we value innovation and want to provide opportunities to all. We encourage voices from all ethnic and racial backgrounds and sexual orientations to improve our teaching, research, and service, and to promote growth and appreciation among members of our community.

Kris DeMali, PhD
Professor and Interim Chair and Departmental Executive Officer



1. Hofstra B, Kulkarni VV, Munoz-Najar Galvez S, He B, Jurafsky D, McFarland DA. The Diversity-Innovation Paradox in Science. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2020;117(17):9284-91. Epub 20200414. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1915378117. PubMed PMID: 32291335; PMCID: PMC7196824.


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Spotlight on Current and Future Research is a new short-talk seminar series, hosted by Dr. Brooks Jackson, Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Carver College of Medicine, featuring a small number of presentations by CCOM investigators to share research ideas, discoveries and a discussion of their current work and future plans for realizing their research aims. ...