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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

BMB Seminar

Thursday, March 26 - Hiroshi Matsuo

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Structural and functional dissection of HIV-1 restriction factor APOBEC3G (pdf)

Other Events

Saturday, April 11 - All University Open House

9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


May 15 - Graduate Commencement

Bramlage Coliseum, 1:30 p.m.

May 16 - Undergraduate Commencement

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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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

Prashant Wani

Received university recognition (3-16-15) for the publication of "Maturation of the proteasome core particle induces an affinity switch that controls regulatory particle association " in Nature Communications.

Prashant Wani

Received the ASBMB 2015 Graduate/Postdoctoral Travel Award to attend the ASBMB 2015 Annual Meeting

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

Congratulations on your new membership to Phi Kappa Phi academic honor society.

Mathew Hanson

Defended his M.S. dissertation on December 5, 2014.

Brian Geisbrecht

Received an Innovation Research Award from the Johnson Cancer Research Center (Fall 2014) for "Human gC1qR/p32 in cancer: structure/function analysis of an inhibitory peptide and antibody"

Om Prakash

Received an Equipment Award from the Johnson Cancer Research Center (Fall 2014) for a Turbo-V 81M pump for a Cryogenic NMR probe

Congratulations to the2014  Undergraduate Cancer Research Award Winners

Muriel Eaton (Mentor: Jeroen Roelofs)
Jose Espinola (Mentor: Revathi Govind)
Macy Garcia (Mentor: John Tomich)
Caitlin Hall (Mentor: Erika Geisbrecht)
Andrew Konecny (Mentor: Stefan Bossmann)
Leah Rettig (Mentor: Erika Geisbrecht)
Steven Stimac (Mentor: John Tomich)
Leiming Tang (Mentor: Chingakham Singh)
Kayla Wilkinson (Mentor: John 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.

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.

Erika Geisbrecht

Received a grant from NIH for "Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase Signaling in Muscle Maintenance"

Timothy Durrett

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

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

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