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Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics
141 Chalmers Hall
1711 Claflin Rd.
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-6121
785-532-7278 fax
biochem@k-state.edu

Biotechnology Core Facility
206 Burt Hall
785-532-5956
785-532-6297 fax

Biomolecular NMR Facility
37 Chalmers Hall
785-532-2345

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

Teng-Leong Chew - Thursday, February 22

Director, Advanced Imaging Center
HHMI-Janelia Research Center
Imaging life with the new frontiers in spatial and temporal resolution

"BMB Majors Achieve 100% Acceptance to the University of Kansas School of Medicine"

Image of six students accepted to KU from left to right: Natalie Ost, Matthew Brettmann, Samuel Broll, Tate Gilchrist, Mackenzie Wahl, and Garrison Olds.

Photo by Maxwell Braasch

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics is pleased to report that all of its undergraduate majors who applied to the 2021 Class of the University of Kansas School of Medicine were accepted. The students are in order left to right: Natalie Ost, Matthew Brettmann, Samuel Broll, Tate Gilchrist, Mackenzie Wahl and Garrison Olds. All six of these seniors participated in the recently developed Medical Biochemistry track, which BMB created in 2013 for its undergraduate students. This curriculum allows biochemistry students who desire a career in medicine or other health-related fields to both prepare for entrance exams and focus their classroom study on subject matter that will comprise their first year of medical, veterinary or nursing school. In 2016, the overall acceptance rate for US applicants to in-state medical schools was 60.6%, so this year’s K-State BMB acceptance rate of 100% was well above the norm. (Read full pdf article.)

The Recent BMB Active Site Newsletter

Read the latest news in BMB. Newsletter created by department faculty and staff. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required.

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Faculty Research Videos

Image of Dr. Finnigan discussing research with students.Image of Dr. Michal Zolkiewski explaining research results to lab staff
Dr. Gregory Finnigan
Dr. Michal Zolkiewski
Image of Dr. Kanost discussing research poster with students.Image of Dr. Durrett helping a grad student with research and link to Dr. Durrett's Youtube research video
Dr. Michael Kanost
Dr. Timothy Durrett
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. Klebba's research meeting and link to Dr. Klebba's YouTube research videoAritri Majumdar working in lab
Dr. Phillip E. Klebba
5 Minutes in Dr. Klebba's Lab
Image of Dr. Tomich with student and link to Dr. Tomich's YouTube research videoImage of Dr. Zolkiewska helping a grad student with resaerch and link to Dr. Zolkiewska's YouTube research video
Dr. John TomichDr. 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)

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

Anna Dykeman (undergrad, Davis) will present "Fatty Acid, Phospholipid and Sterol Composition of Salt Cedar (Tamarix spp.) Roots" at Undergraduate Research Daay at the Capitol in Topeka on February 14. announcement

John Tomich and Gerald Reeck recognized for their work in developing "nanomaterial that delivers targeted, lethal rations to insect pests". K-State Today

Brandon Garcia gave an oral presentation, "Molecular Mechanisms of Classical Pathway Complement Evasion in Borrelia Spp." on January 23 at the 2018 Biology of Spirochetes Gordon Research Conference in Ventura, CA, January 21-26.

Michal Zolkiewski presented a poster, "Interaction of Substrate-mimicking Peptides with the AAA+ Atpase ClpB from Escherichia coli," by Chathurange Ranaweera, Przemyslaw Glaza, and Michal Zolkiewski, on January 13 at the Midwest Stress Response and Molecular Chaperone Meeting in Evanston, IL.

Timothy Durrett presented a poster, "Targeted metabolic engineering of Camelina sativa to synthesize high levels of industrially useful lipids," by Jose Aznar-Moreno, Linah Alkotami, Cathering Kornacki, Tam Tran-Nguyen, Shahna Campbell, and Timothy Durrett, on January 12 at the USDA-NIFA Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.

Madison Schrock (BMB), Rachael Giersch (Biology), and Megan Goeckel (microbiology), all undegraduates in Finnigan"s lab, have received Arts & Sciences Research Awards for Spring 2018.

Ho Leung Ng presented a poster, "Computational tools for discovering allosteric Ras inhibitors," December 6-8 at The Second RAS Initiative Symposium in Frederick, MD.

Mark Boatwright successfully defended his doctoral thesis on December 1, 2017. Major professor: Dr. John Tomich. Supporting professor: Dr. David Wetzel.

Johnson Cancer Center Research Awards for undergraduates in Spring 2018 - BMB majors: Eric Aub, Yusuf Ciftci, Kelsey Ferguson, Sarah Gillespie, Micah Meyer, Seth Perry, Emily Roggenkamp, Marta Stetsiv, Baithish Velazhahan, Kyler Weingartner, Emily Wessel. In BMB labs: Alexandria Bontrager (Microbiology), Jennifer Coats (ChemE).

Susan Whitaker successfully defended her masters thesis on November 30, 2017. Major professor: Dr. John Tomich.

Yan Shipelskiy successfully defended his doctoral thesis on November 17, 2017. Major professor: Dr. Phillip Klebba.

John Tomich gave an oral presentation, "Peptide Bilayer Delimited Nano-Capsules: A Robust Intracellular Delivery System," on November 16 at the Fall Retreat for the External Advisory Committee for the Nebraska Center for Integrated Biomolecular Communication COBRE (NIH) at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Maureen Gorman gave and invited seminar, "Iron transport in insects," on November 10 at Metropolitan State University in Denver, CO.

Randi Wise successfully defended her doctoral thesis on November 9, 2017. Major professor: Dr. Anna Zolkiewska.

Vaithish Velazhahan, (BMB undergrad, Schrick) named finalist for Marshall scholarship. announcement

Lawrence Davis was a lead trainer for Environmental Analytical Chemistry at J.E. Purkinje University, Usti nad Labem , Czech Republic, Nov 7-9. In addition he was a consultant for their reaccreditation of their PhD program in Environmental Analytical Chemistry. The topic of Davis’ talk was “Sources of Error and Value of Replications: history and current practice.”

Simranjot Bawa successfully defended her masters thesis on November 7, 2017. Major professor: Dr. Erika Geisbrecht.

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