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Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics
141 Chalmers Hall
1711 Claflin Rd.
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 Majors Achieve 100% Acceptance to the University of Kansas School of Medicine"

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: Matthew Brettmann, Samuel Broll, Tate Gilchrist, Garrison Olds and Natalie Ost. All five of these seniors participated in the recently developed Medical Biochemistry track, which BMB created in 2013 for its undergraduate students. 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.)

Hageman Lecture

Jennifer Lippencott-Schwartz - Wednesday, April 26, 4:00 p.m.
McVay Family Town Hall, 114 Leadership Studies Building

Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus
Emerging fluorescence technology to study cell architecture and dynamics

Colloquium - Thursday, April 27, 9:00 a.m.
Terry C. Johnson Cancer Research Center, 36 Chalmers Hall

Imaging cell survival under starvation: role of lipid droplets, mitochondria and autophagy

Spring Graduation Schedule

Friday, May 12 - Graduate School Commencement

1:00 p.m. Bramlage Coliseum

Saturday, May 13 - Undergraduate Commencement

Arts & Sciences
8:30 a.m. Bramlage Coliseum

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 expaining research results with 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)

Kansas State University is #1 in the state

Most bang for your education bucks

Kansas State University featured in Princeton Review's 2015 Best Colleges national rankings

Quality counts

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

Michal Zolkiewski has earned a promotion to full professor.

Vaithish Velazhahan (undergrad) received a $500 Mortar Board Senior Honor Society Outstanding Student Scholarship. announcement

Anna Zolkiewska presented a seminar in the Anatomy and Physiology Department, College of Veterinary Medicine, KSU, on October 31, 2016, entitled: Cell Surface Metalloproteases as Biomarkers and Regulators in Breast Tumor Initiating Cells.

Johnson Cancer Center Research Awards for undergraduates in the Spring 2017 - BMB majors: Eric Aube, Jose Covarrubias, Kelsey Ferguson, Alejandro Garcia, Sarah Gillaspie, Adam Schieferecke, Emily Turnquist, Vaithish Velazhahan, Justin Walker, Kyler Weingartner, Di Wu, and Mitchell Zarse. BMB labs: John Tomich

Gregory Finnigan received the Innovative Research Award from the Johnson Cancer Research Center in the amount of $5000.

Lynn G. Schrag (grad, Prakash) gave an invited talk and presented a poster entitled "NMR Structural Studies of Stress Responsive Peptide-2 from the Insect Manduca sexta" at the 2016 Great Plains Regional Annual Symposium on Protein and Biomolecular NMR held in Lawrence, KS, Sept. 16-17, 2016.

Kayla Shore and Hannah Zimmer (undergrads) received research awards from the College of Arts and Sciences to work in Saurav Misra's lab this semester.

Om Prakash presented "NMR Structural Studies of the Extracellular Adherence Protein Domain 4" by Jordan L. Woehl (grad, B. Geisbrecht), Daisuke Takahashi (Kanost), Alvaro I. Herrera (Prakash), Brian V. Geisbrecht, and Om Prakash at the 27th International Conference on Magnetic Resonance in Biological System, Kyoto, Japan, Aug. 21-26, 2016.

David Wetzel (GBG Professor) and Mark Boatwright (grad, Wetzel) were featured on the cover of Milling Journal for their research in measuring endosperm purity in flour streams through NIR quantitative chemical imaging.

Michal Zolkiewski received a grant from NIH: "High-throughput assays for inhibitors of the Hsp100 molecular chaperone" ($387,500).

Mike Kanost led an international team of researchers that sequenced Manduca sexta genome. "Multifaceted biological insights from a draft genome sequence of the tobacco hornworm moth, Manduca sexta" was published in the Journal of Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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