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Biochemistry at Illinois has a long tradition of excellence in biochemical research. Many of our undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral research associates have used their experiences at Illinois to establish careers of responsibility in both academia and the private sector.

I hope that you will take the time to explore our department by investigating our undergraduate and graduate programs so that you can learn about the intellectual opportunities now possible by breakthroughs in this postgenomic era of biology. The future of biochemistry has changed, and we believe that our department is well-positioned to provide training for your future.

Susan Martinis, Head


Biochemistry News

Emad Tajkhorshid receives Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative grant

Emad Tajkhorshid, professor of biochemistry, biophysics, computational biology, and pharmacology, and his research group are studying the movement of gases across biological membranes, a vital process for powering cells with oxygen and performing photosynthesis, among other things. The group is hoping to closely examine the role of proteins in these processes in order to better understand the impact of gas exchange in living cells and organisms.

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University and the University of Southern California are working together with Tajkhorshid on their project, “Molecular Mechanisms and Pathways for Gas Transport Across Biological Membranes and Implications for Physiology and Performance.” Read more...

Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellowships

A number of current and recent graduate students and postdoctoral scholars have applied for and won prestigious awards and fellowships. The awardees reflect the breadth of outstanding research at UIUC and the quality of students and researchers attracted to the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Read more...

Kalsotra Named Prestigious CAS Fellow

Assistant Professor Auinash Kalsotra has been appointed, pending Board of Trustees approval, as a prestigious Fellow of the University of Illinois Center for Advanced Study (CAS) for the academic year 2016-2017. Read more...

Mechanism of Key Cancer Target Revealed

New findings by Professor Stephen Sligar and colleagues have outlined the structural determinates of a chemical transformation that carries profound implications for the potential design of a mechanism-based inhibitors for the treatment of prostate cancer. The research is published in PNAS. Read more...

In Memoriam

Remembering Dr. Lowell Hager
Remembering Dr. Colin A. Wraight