Biological Chemistry

Department of Biological Chemistry

The Department of Biological Chemistry at the University of Michigan Medical School educates and trains undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate and medical students in modern biochemistry.  Our research areas include structural enzymology, protein processing and folding, regulation of gene expression and biochemical signaling. Explore our graduate programs and labs, and some of the cutting-edge work being performed by our faculty.



Announcing The Biotech Career Exploration Program

Biotech Career Exploration is a structured program to educate, train, and provide career exposure to many aspects of biotechnology outside of the traditional academic tenure-track faculty position.

Throughout the program, trainees will engage in a series of workshops, seminars, and panel discussions to explore career options and prepare for an experiential learning opportunity with an on-campus unit, small business startup, large corporation, non-profit organization, governmental agency, law firm, or any additional non-academic entity.

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Department of Biological Chemistry Alumni,

Cathy L. Drennan, Ph.D. Awarded

Bicentennial Alumni Award

Structural biologist and chemist Cathy Drennan, Ph.D. is acclaimed for her pioneering scientific contributions, including determining the structure of an enzyme involved in DNA synthesis, and for her teaching innovations.  For her many significant contributions to science and pedagogy, the University of Michigan presents to Cathy L. Drennan its Bicentennial Alumni Award.  



Welcome Incoming PIBS/Biochem Ph.D. Students!

Amanda Ames, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL
Michael Rankin, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI
Rachel Springsdorf, Grand Valley State University, 
Jenna Veenstra, Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa


Welcome Incoming Biochem M.S. Students!

Kristena Abdelmalak, Oakland University, Rochester, MI
Mohamed Abusalih, The Nat'l Ribat University, Khartoum, Sudan
Mohamad Bazzi, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Priya Bhupalam, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Christine Chang, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Max Gramelspacher, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Parker Groom, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Rebecca Jacobs, New York University, NY, NY
Kelsa (Krickett) Kazyak, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
Michael Moran, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Jillian Ness, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Michael Schmidt, Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe, NV


Applications for Fall 2019 Masters In Biochemistry

The Rackham Graduate School online application site will open in early September for the Fall 2019 admissions season.  Explore our website now to learn more about our one-year Masters programs.

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