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. 

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Department of Biological Chemistry
1150 W. Medical Center Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0600
Phone: 734-647-6180
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    Spotlight On
    PhD Student Mason Myers, RNA Featured Researcher

    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
    Department of Biological Chemistry 2024 Retreat
    The annual Department of Biological Chemistry Retreat will be held at Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center.
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    Department News
    Congratulations to Jenna Veenstra, PhD
    Biological Chemistry PhD student Jenna Veenstra of the O'Brien lab at U-M Medical School defends her doctoral dissertation.
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    Department News
    Congratulations to Cassandra Dutcher, PhD
    Biological Chemistry PhD student Cassandra Dutcher of the Giessen lab at U-M Medical School defends her doctoral dissertation.
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    Department News
    Congratulations to Renke Tan, PhD
    Biological Chemistry PhD student Renke Tan of the Zhang lab at U-M Medical School defends her doctoral thesis.
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    Department News
    Michael Uhler, PhD, retires from active faculty status
    Congratulations and best wishes to Michael Uhler, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Biological Chemistry and Research Professor Emeritus, Michigan Neuroscience Institute.
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    Department News
    PhD students Megan Medina, Tyler Brant, and Ashley Scheutzow chosen for training program positions
    Three Biological Chemistry PhD students receive positions in training programs for the 2024–2025 academic year.
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    Department News
    Congratulations to Harsha Gouda, PhD
    Biological Chemistry PhD student Harsha Gouda of the Banerjee lab at U-M Medical School defends his doctoral thesis.

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