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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

Hageman Distinguished Lectureship in Agricultural Biochemistry

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We apologize that due to technical difficulties live streaming will not be available for Dr. Meyerowitz's presentations.
Lecture - Wednesday, November 19, 4:00 p.m.
McVay Family Town Hall, 114 Leadership Studies Building
Elliot Meyerowitz

George W. Beadle Professor of Biology
Division of Biology and Biological Engineering
California Institute of Technology
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Physical as well as Chemical Signals Control Plant Development

Colloquium - Thursday, November 20, 9:30 a.m.
Johnson Cancer Research Center, 36 Chalmers Hall
Elliot Meyerowitz

Computational Morphodynamics: an Approach to the Study of Plant Growth and Development

Thanksgiving Holiday

November 24-28 - Student Holiday
November 27-28 - Office Closed


Friday, December 12 - Graduate

Bramlage Coliseum - 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 13 - Undergraduate

Bramlage Coliseum - 8:30 a.m.

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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

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


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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

Obdulia Covarrubias Zambrano

Presented one of the posters at the 12th annual Ecological Genomics Institute international symposium.

John Tomich

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

Michael Kanost

Received university recognition (10-14-14) for his research on insect immune systems found in "Self-association of an Insect β-1,3-Glucan Recognition Protein Upon Binding Laminarin Stimulates Prophenoloxidase Activation as an Innate Immune Response." J Biol Chem

Aashima Khosla

First author of “HD-Zip Proteins GL2 and HDG11 Have Redundant Functions in Arabidopsis Trichomes, and GL2 Activates a Positive Feedback Loop via MYB23.” in The Plant Cell publication May 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.

Prashant S. Wani

Received the Ruby Newhall Scholarship award for 2014-2015.

Brian Geisbrecht and Kasra Ramyar

Received university recognition (9-2-14) for their research on Staphylococcus aureus found in "Staphylococcus aureus secretes a unique class of neutrophil serine protease inhibitors." Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 

Jammie Layman

Defended her M.S. dissertation on August 22, 2014.

Timothy Durrett

Received university recognition (8-4-14) for his collaborative research grant using Camelina to build better biofuel. 

Sara Peng

Defended her Ph.D. dissertation on July 28, 2014.

Weihong Zhang

Defended his Ph.D. dissertation on July 7, 2014.

Jenny Barriga

Received a fellowship from Phi Kappa Phi in May 2014. Press Release

Phillip Klebba, Sally Newton, and Yan Shipelskiy

Received university recognition (7/15/14) and was referenced (6/30/14) by Elizabeth M. Adler, in the Journal of General Physiology (JGP) for their article that recently appeared in the JGP, "Concerted loop motion triggers induced fit of FepA to ferric enterobactin." 

Beibei Li

Defended her M.S, dissertation on June 25, 2014.

Jessica Wheeler

Initiated into Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society in June 2014. Press Release

Timothy Durrett

Received the Spring 2014 Faculty Development Award. Press Release

Alex Beugelsdijk

Defended his M.S. Dissertation on June 17, 2014. 

Nicole Green

2014-2015 NSF EIDRoP GK-12 Graduate fellow Grant Program 

Sara Duhachek Muggy and Pinakin Sukthankar

2014 Excellence in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Graduate Research Award

Weihong Zhang

2013 Excellence in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Graduate Research Award

Jessica Wheeler (junior) and Weihong Zhang (PhD)

Initiated into Phi Kappa Phi collegiate honor society in May 2014. Press Release

Jarrod Bechard

Defended his M.S. dissertation on May 6, 2014.

Michal Zolkiewski

Received university recognition (5/6/14) for his research with dystonia recently appearing in The Journal of Biological Chemistry, "The BiP molecular chaperone plays multiple roles during the biogenesis of TorsinA, a AAA+ ATPase associated with the neurological disease Early-Onset Torsion Dystonia."

Matthew Aksamit

Defended his M.S. dissertation on May 2, 2014. 

Anna Zolkiewska

Has been promoted to Professor effective June, 2014.

James Balthazor

2012-2013 Excellence in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Graduate Teaching Award

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