Department of Biological Chemistry
Decoding the Molecular Mechanisms of Life and Health for Over a Century

Join the ranks of leading scientific researchers in a diverse quest to understand biological phenomena in molecular detail.

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United on a Journey of Discovery

The U-M Medical School Department of Biological Chemistry is dedicated to advancing the molecular understanding of biological processes. We do that through research, in tandem with teaching and training undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, and medical students. 

We want our whole community to have every opportunity to thrive. That means a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in all of our ranks. Because the most innovative and impactful discoveries are born from all of our unique perspectives, tackling challenges together. 

Explore our rich history, recent news, current events, educational programs, inclusion opportunities and the cutting-edge work underway in our laboratories. 

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Department of Biological Chemistry
5301 MSRB III
1150 W. Medical Center Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0600
Phone: 734-647-6180
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  • Department Newsletters
  • 2023 Biological Chemistry Trainee Award Winners list
    Spotlight On
    Winners of the 2023 Biological Chemistry Trainee Awards

    These are challenging times, but the potential and need for progress in fundamental science have never been greater.

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    Upcoming Events View all events
    Dr. Eric Strobel, The University at Buffalo
    Join the Department of Biological Chemistry for a seminar presented by Dr. Eric Strobel from The University at Buffalo.
    Dr. Avi Samelson, University of California, San Francisco
    Join the Department of Biological Chemistry for a seminar presented by Dr. Avi Samelson from University of California, San Francisco.
    711 Seminar - Rongchen Liu
    The Department of Biological Chemistry hosts the 711 Seminar presented by Rongchen Liu.
    711 Seminar - Maria Shamraj
    The Department of Biological Chemistry hosts the 711 Seminar presented by Maria Shamraj.
    Dr. Dennis Stuehr, Cleveland Clinic
    Join the Department of Biological Chemistry for a seminar presented by Dr. Dennis Stuehr from Cleveland Clinic.
    711 Seminar - Ryan Lash
    The Department of Biological Chemistry hosts the 711 Seminar presented by Ryan Lash.
    Dr. Crystal Conn, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
    Join the Department of Biological Chemistry for a seminar presented by Dr. Crystal Conn from University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
    Dr. Rebecca Haeusler, Columbia University
    Join the Department of Biological Chemistry for the Distinguished Graduate Lecture presented by Dr. Rebecca Haeusler from Columbia University.
    MS Program Information Session
    Potential applicants to the Biological Chemistry MS program are invited to attend a virtual information session hosted by the program directors.
    Biological Chemistry News & STORIES See all news
    News Release
    U-M researchers receive Chan Zuckerberg Initiative awards to study neurodegeneration
    Six University of Michigan researchers recently received collaborative pair pilot project awards from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) to study neuroscience and neurodegenerative disease.
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    Department News
    Yan Zhang, PhD, receives a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation
    Assistant Professor Yan Zhang of the Department of Biological Chemistry at U-M Medical School is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award.
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    Department News
    PhD student Basila Moochickal Assainar publishes a research article in Nature Communications
    PhD student Basila Moochickal Assainar is the first author of a research article in Nature Communications.
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    Health Lab
    CRISPR off-switches: A path towards safer genome engineering?
    A study from the University of Michigan Medical School developed off-switches useful for improving the safety of the Type I-C/Cas3 gene editor.
    Department News
    PhD student Mason Myers is a lead author of a research article in Molecular Cell
    PhD student Mason Myers of the Zhang lab at U-M Medical School is a lead author of "Exploiting activation and inactivation mechanisms in type I-C CRISPR-Cas3 for genome-editing applications."
    Department News
    Audrey Seasholtz, PhD, retires from active faculty status
    Congratulations and best wishes to Audrey Seasholtz, PhD, Professor Emerita of Biological Chemistry and Research Professor Emerita, Michigan Neuroscience Institute.
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    The University of Michigan is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe people. In 1817, the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Bodewadmi Nations made the largest single land transfer to the University of Michigan, offered ceremonially through the Treaty at the Foot of the Rapids, with the intent that their children might be educated. We acknowledge their contemporary and ancestral ties to the land and this integral contribution to the University.