The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has witnessed tremendous growth since 2008, driven in large part by the recruitment of nine individuals to its faculty.
Recruitment of faculty is still ongoing, and a major priority continues to be the identification and recruitment of outstanding faculty at the assistant professor level.
Faculty recruitment provides an ideal opportunity for the Department to reaffirm its role and mission, and to add to its expertise in research areas of particular significance to 21st century public health challenges.
Our faculty is under constant pressure to “explore and discover” new biology paradigms in the context of a very competitive and rather rigid funding system. Access to unrestricted funds enables our faculty and their students and fellows to explore novel avenues of research, set up relevant collaborations, and/or have access to new services and instrumentation.
From a programmatic standpoint, we have identified the following strategically important research areas in need of support. They are:
- Quality Control in Biology - Understanding Disease Risk at a Molecular Level: This area builds on BMB’s long-standing interest and strength in the areas of DNA repair and genome integrity, stress response biology, and protein folding and protein homeostasis pathways.
- The Reproductive and Developmental Origins of Health and Disease: This area builds on the Division of Reproductive Biology’s long-standing expertise in the areas of germ stem cell biology in the male and female, and fertilization.
- Cancer and other Aging-related Chronic Diseases: This area represents a long-standing focus for the department, and remains of utmost relevance to 21st century public health challenges in the US and throughout the world.
Gifts towards supporting and enhancing BMB programs can be targeted as follows:
- BMB Program / Quality control biology initiative
- BMB Program / Reproductive biology initiative
- BMB Program / Aging, cancer, and chronic disease
- BMB Program / Discovery / Specify individual faculty name
- BMB Program / Training
Please contact the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to learn more.