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.


The Biochem Office Will Be Closing for the Memorial Day Weekend Holiday

The Department of Biological Chemistry will be closing early at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 25th and will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29th in observance of the Memorial Day Weekend Holiday.  Have a safe holiday weekend!



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!

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


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


Apply for Fall 2018 Masters in Biochemistry

Applications are currently available. Explore our website to learn more about our one-year programs.

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