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.


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Jim Morrissey, Ph.D.


Jim Morrissey, Ph.D.

Dr. Morrissey will be joining the Department of Biological Chemistry in August.  Both he and his staff will occupy Lab 4323, MSRB III. 

Jim Morrissey received his Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego and did postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford and the Scripps Research Foundation. Since the mid-1980s, Dr. Morrissey's research focuses on biochemical mechanisms by which the blood clotting system is triggered, with a particular emphasis on studying protein-membrane interactions in clotting. In 2006, his laboratory also discovered that inorganic polyphosphate, which is released from activated human platelets, is a potent modulator of blood clotting and inflammation. Work from his lab has led to a number of spin-offs with potential clinical applications, including new diagnostic assays. His lab is also working on novel hemostatic agents for treating bleeding, and anti-inflammatory/anti-thrombotic agents with potential for reduced bleeding side effects relative to conventional anticoagulant drugs.

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Career Development Symposium

Monday, September 25th

1:30-6:30 pm

Please mark your calendars for the Career Development Symposium to be held on Monday, September 25 from 1:30-6:30 pm.  We will have 1) representatives from industry, science policy, science writing, medical affairs, and academia, 2) time for Q&A, 3) networking and dinner, and 4) a workshop on developing resumes and identifying skills from a local career coach.  An exact schedule, location, and sign-up will be coming later.

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Welcome Incoming PIBS/Biochem Ph.D. Students!

Ajay Larkin, Miami University, Oxford, OH
Tyler McCullough, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA
Brian Peterson, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD
Alexander Vizurraga, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI

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Welcome Incoming Biochem M.S. Students!

JonCarlos Anderson, Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI
Shahzaib Chughtai, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Ali Farhat, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Alexander Fischbach, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Aditi Gupta, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
Brian Hardaway, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Jordan Hochstetler, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
Charles Knox, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Robin Pearce, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

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Masters in Biochemistry

Applications for Fall 2018

Available September 8, 2017

Explore our website to learn more about our one-year programs.

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May 24, 2017

Congratulations to Nicole Motl, Ph.D.

Congratulations to Nicole Motl of the Ruma Banerjee Lab for successfully defending her thesis, "Structural Enzymology of Sulfide Oxidation by Persulfide Dioxygenase and Rhodanese", on May 15, 2017.  Nicole will finish up her current projects while pursuing a postdoctoral position in structural biology.