Biological Chemistry Education
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Partner With Us to Advance Molecular Understanding

We strive to provide trainee-centered educational programs emphasizing mentoring and scientific engagement.

Build a solid foundation for success in Biomedical Science

In teaching, training and research, the U-M Medical School Department of Biological Chemistry is advancing the understanding of biological processes. Cross-campus collaboration between departments and laboratories creates an environment where future scientific leaders learn and grow. Where discoveries translate into real change.

Our studies of biology at the molecular and mechanistic levels span disciplines including biochemistry, structural biology, cell biology, bioinformatics, neurobiology, genetics and more.

Discover how the building blocks of life can serve as the solid foundation for your success.

Training & Education
PhD Program

Our diverse program pairs broad scientific training with highly specialized research.

Postdoctoral Training

Participate in our seminar series, annual research retreat, and year-round social events while advancing your scientific career.

MS Program

Two tracks of learning, research or coursework, build a solid academic foundation.

Undergraduate Students

Explore our courses and research opportunities for undergraduate students.

"Our future is clearly in terrific hands as these young colleagues advance their science while working together to strengthen and diversify our community."

Department of Biological Chemistry Chair
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Biological Chemistry Awards for Trainees

These honors recognize excellence in scholarship, research, and service and connect today's trainees with former departmental leaders and scientists who endowed them.

Learn about our awards
Upcoming Events View all events
Dr. Susan Shao, Harvard Medical School
Join the Department of Biological Chemistry for a seminar presented by Dr. Susan Shao from Harvard Medical School.
4th Year Graduate Student Seminar - Natalia Ubilla
The Department of Biological Chemistry hosts a seminar by 4th year graduate student Natalia Ubilla.
2024 MS Program Symposium
Join the Department of Biological Chemistry for research presentations by our graduating MS students.
4th Year Graduate Student Seminar - Zoe Yeoh
The Department of Biological Chemistry hosts a seminar by 4th year graduate student Zoe Yeoh.
Dr. Tobias Walther, Sloan Kettering Institute
Join the Department of Biological Chemistry for the William E.M. Lands Lecture presented by Dr. Tobias Walther from Sloan Kettering Institute.
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Discovery reveals how this common stinky gas is processed to promote blood vessel growth
A new collaborative study, examined the interaction between three naturally occurring gases — nitric oxide (NO), oxygen, and H2S — during generation of new blood vessels, called angiogenesis.
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Department News
The Giessen lab publishes a research article in Nature Communications
The Giessen lab publishes a research article in Nature Communications.
Department News
The Banerjee lab publishes three new papers
An article about a program to promote faculty diversity co-authored by Ruma Banerjee and two research articles by Banerjee lab members and their U-M collaborators have come into view this week.
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.