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2017 Commencement Information
Thursday, May 11
: Graduate School Commencement Ceremony - 2:30 p.m. in Cassell Coliseum
Biochemistry reception for graduate students, family and friends: immediately afterwards in Fralin Atrium.
Friday, May 12: University Commencement - 8:30 a.m. in Lane Stadium
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Commencement will be:
Friday, May 12: 12:00 p.m. in Cassell Coliseum
Biochemistry reception for graduating undergraduate students, family and friends: immeditely following in Engel Hall.

We are dedicated to understanding the mechanisms by which living organisms carry out their many functions in complete, molecular detail.   

Our research is generating new tools, knowledge and translational strategies to enhance the quality of life. Our faculty seek to provide aspiring molecular life scientists with the opportunity to obtain a world class education. Our BS program is one of the largest undergraduate programs in the U.S., and is accredited by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. We provide excellent training, experiential learning through research, and close contact with faculty and peer mentors, resulting in a small college-like experience embedded within a large, public university.



Explore our Research programs advancing our understanding of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases, Drug Discovery, Microbiology, Stress Responses in Plants, Alzheimer’s, Cancer and Type 2 Diabetes.

Our Faculty are funded by the NIH, NSF, NIFA and DOE to discern biochemical mechanisms of a variety of organisms.

News & Events

Weekly Seminar:
Location: Engel 223, Mondays, 4:00 - 5:00pm
Coffee served at 3:45 in Room 217
March 26, 2017
Dr. Jarrod Mousa, Ph.D.
Faculty Candidate
Topic:Molecular Recognition of the Respiratory Syncytail Virus Fusion Protein by Human Antibodies