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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

About BMB

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.

BMB Seminar

Thursday, December 3 - Gregory C. Finnigan*

Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of California, Berkeley
The septin collar: a central integrator of cell signaling, morphogenesis, and cell cycle regulation in budding yeast (pdf)

*Candidate for the open faculty position in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics


Faculty Research Videos

Image of Dr. Brian Geisbrecht overseeing research with lab staff and link to Dr. B. Geisbrecht's YouTube research videoImage of Dr. Erika Geisbrecht demonstrating research results and link to Dr. E. Gesbrecht's Youtube research video
Dr. Brian Geisbrecht
Dr. Erika Geisbrecht
Image of Dr. Tomich with student and link to Dr. Tomich's YouTube research videoImage of Dr. Chen discussing research with a grad student and link to Dr. Chen's YouTube research video
Dr. John Tomich
Dr. Jianhan Chen
Image of Dr. Durrett helping a grad student with research and link to Dr. Durrett's Youtube research videoImage of Dr. Klebba's research meeting and link to Dr. Klebba's YouTube research video
Dr. Timothy DurrettDr. Phillip E. Klebba
Image of Dr. Zolkiewska helping a grad student with resaerch and link to Dr. Zolkiewska's YouTube research video 
Dr. 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 Agricultural Biochemistry

Watch Colloquium Replay.
Powerpoint slides (18mb file)

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Kary Mullis, 1993 Nobel Laureate, spoke to K-State
October 16, 2013 - "The Unusual Origins of PCR"

K-State Collegian Reports
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

Om Prakash presented an invited seminar ‘Chemical and Structural Basis of Catalytic Function of Norovirous Cystein Protease: An Enzyme for Antiviral Drug Development’, on 10/29/15 hosted by Department of Chemistry, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.

John Tomich presented the seminar, “Branched Amphipathic Peptide Bilayers: A Singularly Versatile Biomaterial” at Oklahoma State University, Department of Chemistry, Stillwater OK on 10/22/15 and at the University of Kansas, Center for Computational Biology on 10/27/15.

Anna Zolkiewska presented a seminar on 10/13/15, at the KU Cancer Center, University of Kansas Medical Center: “ADAM12: a new modulator of breast cancer stem cell signaling pathways."

Jianhan Chen gave an invited talk titled “Multi-scale modeling of IDP structure and interaction” at University of Connecticut at part of the 12th Annual New England Structure Symposium on 10/10/15.

Michal Zolkiewski gave an invited seminar: "Molecular Chaperones and Protein Disaggregation: unscrambling scrambled eggs, one polypeptide at a time.” Department of Chemistry, Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas, 10/5/15.

Tim Durrett’s lab’s research was highlighted in an industrial oil magainze: “Oilseed crops that produce high levels of acetyl-triacylglycerols” (2015) INFORM 26:581

Anna Zolkiewska was invited to serve as a permanent member of an NIH study section (Molecular Oncogenesis) for the 2016-2022 term.

Lawrence Davis served with Larry Erickson as the program committee for the 12th International Conference of the International Phytotechnologies Society in Manhattan, KS, Sept 27-30. More than 200 people, representing over 25 countries were in attendance. About 80 posters and more than 150 oral presentations were made. Davis was involved with 2 posters entitled "Boron uptake is regulated in sunflowers" and "Beneficial effects of trees at the Riley county landfill", in addition to a platform presentation "Perennial phytotechnoloy for sustainable land management at the former military sites in Slovakia and Ukraine."

Tim Durrett presented two posters at the 12th International Phytotechnologies Conference Sept 27-30, Manhattan, KS: “Elucidating the Regulation of Storage Lipid Synthesis in Developing Seeds” by Durrett and Karanbir Aulakh (graduate), which won second place at the poster competition; and “Progress in the production of improved biofuels: Enhancing the production of acetyl-TAGs in a transgenic oil seed crop” by Durrett, Catherine Kornacki and Tam Tran-Nguyen (graduates).

Karanbir Aulakh and Catherine Kornacki (graduates, Durrett) were PhytoScholars at the12th International Phytotechnologies Conference Sept 27-30, Manhattan, KS, which was a competitive program for graduate students to receive funding to attend the conference.

Tim Durrett chaired the session on “Genetic Modification Studies” at the 12th International Phytotechnologies Conference (Sep 27-30, Manhattan, KS).

Anna Zolkiewska became a member of the Faculty Senate for the 2015-2018 term.

Randi Wise and Yue Qi (graduates, Zolkiewska) received Arts & Sciences Research Travel Awards to go to the Tumor Metastasis meeting held in November in Austin, TX. The award is $800 per student.

Mark Boatwright (graduate, Tomich) represented the department as he participated in the student poster competition session of the annual meeting of the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (SciX 2015) in Providence, RI, 9/27/15. 

James Houghton (undergraduate, Durrett) received an Undergraduate Research Award from the K-State Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry.

Jianhan Chen received a K-INBRE Bridging Grant for "Modulation of p53 structure and function by cancer-associated mutations," $40,000 (direct); $52,000 (total), 9/1/15 - 4/30/16.

Michal Zolkiewski received a K-INBRE Bridging Grant for "Molecular chaperones of Ehrlichia chaffeensis,” $52,000, 9/1/15 - 4/30/16.

Michael Kanost was selected as a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America.

Jianhan Chen presented, “Towards reliable atomistic simulation of disordered protein ensembles” at a CECAM Workshop on Intrinsically Disordered Proteins - Bringing together Physics, Computation and Biology in Zurich, Switzerland, Aug 18-21.


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