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Department of Biochemistry

Researchers discover blocking an essential nutrient inhibits malaria parasite growth

The four-year study could lead to a new way to fight malaria, one of the most devastating infectious diseases in the world.

A faculty member looking inside a tube.


We are dedicated to understanding the mechanisms by which

living organisms carry out their many functions in

complete, molecular detail.

Graduate Program

Our graduate students obtain world-class research training and develop analytical skills, including big data analytics, in our programs. Our programs are designed to develop professionals, leaders, and innovators. 



Our faculty are funded by the NIH, NSF, NIFA and DOE to discern biochemical mechanisms of a variety of organisms and are commited to provide the best education possible. 

Undergraduate Program

A degree in biochemistry prepares you to contribute to a variety of life science and engineering disciplines including human or veterinary medicine, pharmacy, agriculture and sustainability, metabolic engineering, and synthetic biology.



Our research programs are advancing our understanding of Protein Dynamics, Metabolic Extremes, Drug Discovery, Nucleic Acid Biochemistry, Computational Biochemistry, and Infectious Diseases.

Biochemistry Seminar Series

We invite scientists from Virginia Tech and all over the nation to come and present their research findings and we encourage you to join us every Monday at 4 PM ET to learn something new! Check back periodicially for updates, as the seminar schedule is subject to change as the semester progresses.