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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics is built on a foundation of innovation and excellence in biomedical research. Our faculty bring strength in RNA biology, structural biology and biochemistry, cancer research, genomics, and in yeast genetics and molecular biology

The Department offers excellent opportunities for postdoctoral and graduate research training. Our faculty are active in most of the interdepartmental graduate training programs on campus, including Structural Biology and Biochemistry, Cancer Biology, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Computational Biosciences and Human Medical Genetics and Genomics. The close proximity of other basic science and clinical departments on the new Anschutz Medical Campus provides an excellent environment for learning and collaboration, from the most basic questions in biology to research with the potential to have a direct impact on clinical practice.

We strive to provide a collegial, interactive and supportive environment and infrastructure.  The Department provides state-of-the-art equipment for analyzing protein structure at the atomic level, for genomics and proteomics, and for high throughput biology.  The Department stimulates interactions through weekly seminars by invited speakers and in our Research Reports presented by postdocs and graduate students Fridays, at 4 PM, followed by a reception and discussion period. Please join us sometime and explore opportunities for working with us! 


Dr. Hodges 



   Please check out our own Departmental Olympian, Robert Hodges!

There has never been a better time to be a biological scientist! As a result of stunning advances made over the past two decades in Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, we now know enough about the basis of life to be able to pose deep and important questions about how cells work. And the remarkable tools at our disposal put us in a position conceive and perform incisive experiments to answer those questions. Never before have we had such opportunities to understand the mechanisms of life and the basis of disease!

The University of Colorado School of Medicine provides an outstanding environment for posing and answering these critical questions. Like the Rocky mountains that provide the backdrop for our labs, this is clearly a place on the rise! But more important, the people here are terrific colleagues. They are at the forefront of their fields, excited to be biological researchers at this remarkable time in history. Students, postdocs, professors and staff, working together toward a common goal: to contribute to an understanding how living things work, and how disease can result when things go awry.

Spend some time on our pages and check out the people—biochemists, molecular biologists, genome scientists and geneticists—that make our Department a great place for discovery. Then consider joining us in our quest to learn and understand.

Mark Johnston, Chair



Contact Information:

12801 East 17th Avenue
RC1 South, Room 10101
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: 303.724.3201
Fax: 303.724.3215