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.


Phyllis Hanson, MD, PhD, and Chair

Department of Biological Chemistry

We are very pleased to announce that the U-M board of regents has approved the appointment of Phyllis I. Hanson, M.D., Ph.D., as chair of the Department of Biological Chemistry, effective Nov. 1st, 2018.  Please join us in welcoming Phyllis Hanson to the U-M Medical School and thank Daniel J. Goldman, Ph.D., for his outstanding leadership as interim chair of the department.

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Minor "Jud" Jesser Coon

Jul 29, 1921 - Sep 5, 2018

Dr. Coon moved to Ann Arbor in 1955 where he began a stellar career at the University of Michigan, serving as Chair of the Department of Biological Chemistry for twenty years. Jud is best known for his pioneering work with the cytochrome P450 system, initially isolating this compound which has now become known as the metabolism system for medications, hormones, toxins, and other substances. His work on P450 is featured as a Journal of Biological Chemistry Classic. He retired in 2002 as Victor C. Vaughan Distinguished University Professor.  The Minor J. Coon Professorship in Biological Chemistry was established at the University of Michigan in 1991, the highest academic award that a University can bestow, which lasts as long as the University exists.

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Faculty Positions

The Department of Biological Chemistry at the University of Michigan seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position and will also consider established investigators at the Associate Professor or Professor levels. We are interested in candidates working to address important problems in biology using innovative molecular, cellular, genetic and biochemical approaches. New faculty will join a department with strengths in enzymology, structural biology, signal transduction, neurobiology, membrane biology, and chromatin dynamics.  Ideal candidates will be highly motivated and interactive and will be expected to establish or maintain a vibrant and independently funded research program.  Qualifications include a Ph.D. and/or M.D. and a strong record of research accomplishments. For further information, see

Applications should be assembled into a single pdf and include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and a 3-5 page statement of research accomplishments and future plans. All materials should be sent via email to Amanda Howard ( Candidates applying at the Assistant Professor level must also arrange to have 3 letters of recommendation sent as pdfs to the above email address.  Applications will be considered up until November 1, 2018.  

The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer*


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
Mohamad Bazzi, 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 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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