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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Welcome to the home page of one of the fastest growing departments of biochemistry in the U.S., 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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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Research Workshop: Grace Ciampa

Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 12:30pm to 1:30pm

"Examining the function of a novel protein in the cardiac junctional membrane complex" Presentation by Grace Ciampa, Song lab

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Seminar: Christopher Lapointe, PhD

Thursday, December 1, 2022, 10:30am to 11:30am

"Dynamics and Disruption of Human Translation Initiation" Christopher Lapointe, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Structural Biology Stanford University School of Medicine