Biochemistry is a continuously advancing field, vitally important to modern life science endeavors in widely diverse disciplines. It has major impact on developments in agriculture, medicine, nutrition and environmental sciences. Biochemistry is the discipline that explains the structures and the activities of living things at a sub-microscopic level with principles of chemistry and physics. Biochemical understanding has served as the chief basis for major developments in nutrition, in health related research, and more recently in the creation of the biotechnology industry. The emerging knowledge has resulted in a revolution in our understanding of life forces and will have an continuously increasing impact on society.
The Department of Biochemistry functions in four distinct roles as an academic unit of Kansas State University.
(1) The department is research-oriented and dedicated to advancing biochemical knowledge through cutting edge experimental and theoretical research in areas of strength in plant, insect, animal, and physical biochemistry by applying the most appropriate tools for the area with broad-based use of recombinant DNA techniques. To this end, each faculty member is expected to make a major effort to establish and develop an active, extramurally-supported research program at the scientific frontier in their respective area of expertise.
(2) The department is a degree-granting organization (B.A., B.S., M.S., Ph.D.), providing a variety of course options and research opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students in biochemistry with a major emphasis on quality and timeliness of course content and biochemical experiences.
(3) The department assists students and faculty from other disciplines by providing biochemical training through courses and laboratory experience, collaborative interaction, and bioanalytical services, primarily through the Biotechnology Core Facility and the Protein NMR Facility.
(4) The departmental faculty additionally serve the university community through committees for governance, curricula, and those requiring biochemical research expertise. Faculty serve the national and international communities in a number of ways including engaging in activities of and holding positions in professional organizations, reviewing grants and manuscripts, and developing and chairing national symposia and workshops.