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Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics
141 Chalmers Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-7278 fax

Biotechnology Core Facility
206 Burt Hall
785-532-6297 fax

Biomolecular NMR Facility
37 Chalmers Hall

Our Department

Located in Chalmers and Burt Halls, the BMB Program offers B.A., B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Departmental faculty have research programs supported by over $3 million in annual extramural support for studying various aspects of biochemistry in animals, plants, insects and microorganisms. Founded in 1961, the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Browse this website to find information about our academics, faculty, seminars and more.

Upcoming events


Tuesday, July 14 - Lorne Jordan

Johnson Cancer Center Conference Room
36 Chalmers Hall, 1:30 p.m.

Friday, July 17 - James Balthazor

114 Burt Hall, 9:00 a.m.
"Studies of Human Armet and of Pea Aphid Transcripts of Saliva Proteins
and the Unfolded Protein Response"

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Faculty Research Videos

Image of Dr. Chen discussing research with a grad student and link to Dr. Chen's YouTube research videoImage of Dr. Durrett helping a grad student with research and link to Dr. Durrett's Youtube research video
Dr. Jianhan ChenDr. Timothy Durrett
Image of Dr. Klebba's research meeting and link to Dr. Klebba's YouTube research videoImage of Dr. Zolkiewska helping a grad student with resaerch and link to Dr. Zolkiewska's YouTube research video
Dr. Phillip E. KlebbaDr. Anna Zolkiewska

Take Note

Randy Schekman, 2013 Nobel Laureate, spoke to K-StateImage of Hageman Poster
May 11, 2015 - "How Cells Export Proteins"

Provost Lecture on Excellence in Scholarship
Watch the Replay.
Powerpoint slides (23mb file)
Hageman Distinguished Lectureship
in Agriculrtural Biochemistry

Watch Colloquium Replay.
Powerpoint slides (18mb file)

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October 16, 2013 - "The Unusual Origins of PCR"

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Provost Lecture on Excellence in Scholarship (watch lecture here)
Hageman Lecture in Agricultural Biochemistry


Images of the Department of Biochemistry, including Chalmers Hall

Chalmers Hall is home to the Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Main Office and Biomolecular Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility, in addition to the majority of faculty offices, research laboratories and classrooms.

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Recent achievements

Alvaro Herrera (Tomich) presented his Ph.D. thesis defense, “Evaluaton of NMR Structural studies on a Family of Membrane Active Channel Froming Peptides”, on April 23, 2015

Jacob Hodge (BS/MS, Zolkiewska) received a 2015/2016 Summer/Semester Scholar Award from the the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE). His project is entitled: "Paracrine signaling by ADAM12 in breast cancer”.

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New - James Houghton and Returning - Kelsey Crow, Amanda Nelson, Garrison Olds, and Jessica Wheeler. Thanks for representing the K-State Family. announcement.

Cassie Binns (Boyle, biology) awarded a research scholarship from the Microscopy Society of America for "Morphological and ultrastructural characterization of alpha A- and alpha B-crystallins double knock-out mouse retinas." announcement

John Tomich awarded membership in the National Academy of Inventors.

Prashant Wani received university recognition on "Maturation of the proteasome core particle induces an affinity switch that controls regulatory particle association" in Nature Communications.

Timothy Durrett received a grant from US Department of Energy, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) for "Optimization and production of acetyl-triacylglycerols for use as fuels, lubricants, and specialty chemicals"

Brian Geisbrecht received a grant from NIH/NIAID for "Inhibition of the Classical & Lectin Complement Pathways by Staphylococcus aureus Eap".

Rachel Proteau selected as a member of >Phi Kappa Phi academic honor society. announcement

Mathew Hanson (Klebba) defended his Masters thesis on December 5, 2014.

Brian Geisbrecht received a Fall 2014 Innovation Research Award from the Johnson Cancer Research Center for "Human gC1qR/p32 in cancer: structure/function analysis of an inhibitory peptide and antibody".

Om Prakash received a Fall 2014 Equipment Award from the Johnson Cancer Research Center for a Turbo-V 81M pump for a Cryogenic NMR probe.

Congratulations to the BMB Fall 2014 Undergraduate Cancer Research Award Winners Muriel Eaton (Roelofs, biology), Jose Espinola (Govind, biology), Macy Garcia (Tomich), Caitlin Hall (E. Geisbrecht), Andrew Konecny (Bossmann, chemistry), Leah Rettig (E. Geisbrecht), Steven Stimac (Tomich), Leiming Tang ( Singh, biology), Kayla Wilkinson (Tomich)

Timothy Durrett received a grant from USDA-NIFA for "Targeted engineering of Camelina seed biochemistry to synthesize valuable oleochemical feedstocks" 

John Tomich received a US Patent for "b2-Glycoprotein l Peptide Inhibitors." September 15, 2014.

John Tomich, T Iwamoto, Y Hiromasa, and S Gudlur received a US Patent for "Branched Amphipathic Oligo-Peptides that Self-Assemble into Vesicles." September 3, 2014.

Sara DuhachekMuggy (Zolkiewska) and Pinakin Sukthankar (Tomich) received the 2014 Excellence in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Graduate Research Award

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