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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37th Annual Pharmacological Sciences

and Bio-related Chemistry Symposium

                    Friday, March 31st, 2017

                         8:00 am to 5:00 pm

                         Palmer Commons

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. John Lowe, M.D.,Senior Director of Pathology at Genentech

Presenting:  "Glycoengineering in Pharma and Biotech:  Therapeutics, Diagnostics and Basic Science"

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Register for the PSTP Symposium HERE

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Cellular Biotechnology Training Program

                   2017 Symposium

                      Wednesday, May 17th

               Forum Hall, Palmer Commons

Keynote Spreaker:  Dr. Gary Nabel, Chief Scientific Officer, Sanofi

Registration Information Coming in March

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Welcome Yan Zhang, Ph.D.

       Yan Zhang, Ph.D.

 CRISPR-Cas is a RNA-guided, genetic interference pathway in prokaryotes that enables acquired immunity against invasive nucleic acids. Nowadays, CRISPRs also provide formidable tools for facile, programmable genome engineering in eukaryotes. Cas9 proteins are the “effector” endonucleases for CRISPR interference; and have recently begun to be also recognized as important players in other aspects of bacterial physiology (e.g. acquisition of new spacers into CRISPRs, endogenous gene regulation, and microbial pathogenesis, etc.).

My laboratory is broadly interested in CRISPR biology and mechanism. We will use Neisseria species as our model system, and E. coli and human cells as additional platforms. We employ complementary biochemical, microbiological, genetic and genomic approaches. We are also interested in working with the broader scientific community to develop and apply novel CRISPR-based tools to tackle diverse biological questions.

Welcome to CRISPR fun! We are very excited to host rotation students, postdocs and undergrads, starting March 2017. Potential trainees are welcome to join us and engage in exciting intellectual pursuits together. Please send applications to


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Masters in Biochemistry

Applications for Fall 2017

Available September 8th, 2016

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

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