Department of


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
April 24, 2017
Graduate Students' Research Presentations
Ariana Umana
Didier Mena Aguilar
Kendra Bufkin
Jing Liang

GSK Rockville Co-op and Intern Positions
Internship Job Posting

You can find it online here,under job # 201261.

CO-OP Job Posting
You can find it online here,under job # 201233.

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.