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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

"First Graduating Class of BMB Medical Biochemistry 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 K-State BMB's 2017 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.
 


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

Simranjot Bawa (grad, E. Geisbrecht) received a Graduate Student Council Travel Award ($450) to attend the Society for Developmental Biology 77th Annual Meeting in Portland, OR, July 20-24.

Yanan Xhou (BMB grad, Yang - Biology) received a Graduate Student Council Travel Award ($400) to attend ASV 2018, the American Society for Virology 37th Annual Meeting, at the University of Maryland in College Park, July 14-18.

John Tomich is featured in K-State news as Phoreus Biotechnology licenses his team's bio-delivery technology known as BAPCs. K-State Today

D. Fernando Estrada (B.S. 1999) was featured in ASBMB Today, a publication of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, as the Research Spotlight on May 1.

Samantha Goetting, Allison Pfeifer (BMB undergrads) and Pavithra Natarajan (BMB grad, Tomich) were initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the oldest and most prestigious all-discipline honor society in April. K-State Today

Bailey Porter (BMB undergrad) recieved a $500 Doris Hays Fenton Memorial Scholarship to study in Kenya; and Jeremiah Shipman (BMB undergrad) received a $600 Academic Program International Scholarship to study in Cuba. K-State Today

Erianna Basgall (undergrad, Finnigan) was awarded the American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship ($6000) for summer 2018.

Wolf Blaser, Samantha Goetting, Ethan Kallenberger, Haley Lindell, Mackenzie Penny, and Marta Stetsiv (BMB Undergrads) received Junior Merit Awards from Gamma Sigma Delta the Honor Society of Agriculture.

Nicole Green successfully defended her doctoral thesis on May 3, 2018. Major professor: Dr. Erika Geisbrecht.

Maureen Gorman presented a poster, "Characterization of Transferrin-1 from Drosophila melanogaster," April 21-25, 2018 at ASBMB '18 in San Diego, CA.

Micah Meyer (BMB undergrad) was selected as a member of the Chimes Junior Honorary for 2018-2019 school year. K-State Today

James Houghton (BMB undergrad) received the $1000 Michael E. Brown Alpha Tau Omega Mortar Board Leadership Scholarship. K-State Today

Michelle Coca Mora (undergrad, Gorman) received the James R. Coffman Award of Excellence in Research Honorable Mention for first year students in the Developing Scholars Program.

Carolina Fonte, Reina Garcia, Sarah Gillaspie, and Madeline Woodard (BMB undergrads) have been elected to the Kansas State University Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. Spring 2018

Michal Zolkiewski gave an invited seminar, "Molecular Chaperone ClpB: Protein Disaggregase Becomes a Novel Antimicrobial Target" on April 3, 2018 at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.

Ho Leung Ng gave an oral presentation, "Identifying drug binding sites on proteins from surface conservation and fragment docking" on March 19, 2018 at the 255th American Chemical Society National Meeting in New Orleans, LA

Bailey Porter (BMB undergrad) selected for the Staley School of Leadership Studies 2018-2019 class of Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows. K-State Today

Nicoleta Ploscariu successfully defended her doctoral thesis on April 5, 2018. Major professor: Dr. Brian Geisbrecht.

Basgall*, E.M., Goetting*, S.C., Goeckel*, M.E., Roggenkamp, E., Schrock, M.N., Halloran, M., and Finnigan, G.C., (2018) Gene drive inhibition by the anti-CRISPR proteins AcrlA2 and ACRllA4 in Saccharaomyces cerevisieae Microbioloby doi: 10.10.99/,ov/0.000635.
*Authors contributed equally.

Vaithish Velazhahan, (BMB undergrad, Schrick - Biology) was the first K-State student and one of 35 US students to receive the Gates-Cambridge Scholarship in 2018. This scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge while pursuing a full-time postgraduate degree. announcement

Nicole Green (grad, E.Geisbrecht) was featured in Genes to Genomes, a blog from the Genetics Society of America, as an Early Career Scientist Leadership Spotlight on February 13.

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