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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BIO)


Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
4301 Jones Bridge Road, C1094
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799
Phone 301-295-3550
Fax 301-295-3512

Research in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at USU encompasses diverse interests and employs a wide variety of approaches, experimental systems, and techniques. Driving our research is the desire to understand how biological molecules interact to orchestrate highly complex, intra- and intercellular processes.

The diverse environment in the department provides a broad spectrum of expertise that benefits everyone. Research programs include investigations on sphingolipid metabolism, ATP-driven membrane transporters, unusual metalloenzymes in anaerobic metabolism, RNA splicing, mRNA turnover, the function and regulation of cytoplasmic dynein, the biophysics and biochemistry of metal-peptide interactions, and the mechanisms of DNA strand breakage and rearrangement in mitosis.

Much of the departmental major equipment is shared. This allows students and postdoctoral fellows from different laboratories to be intermixed and enhances interactions at all levels. In addition, the department has available modern instrumentation for DNA/protein sequencing and synthesis as well as state-of-the-art genetic and proteomic analysis through access to the University's Biomedical Instrumentation Center (BIC).

A top priority in the department is to maintain a collegial, cooperative and supportive environment. This environment helps to ensure the success of new faculty and is strongly encouraged by the more established faculty and by the university.