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.



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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.


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Biochemistry Fall Seminar

Monday, December 4, 2017
Dr. Lauren Childs

Department of Mathematics, VT
"Simulating Within Vector Generation of Malaria Parasite Diversity"

Special Seminar
Friday, December 1, 2017
Fralin Auditorium

Dr. Kylie Allen
Department of Chemistry and
Gonzaga University

Investigating the Functions of Modified Coenzymes and Radical SAM Enzymes in Methanogens