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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 Seminars

Thursday, May 5 - David Poole

Department of Kinesiology
Director, Cardiorespiratory Excercise Lab
Kansas State University

Title: Muscle microvascular oxygen transport: Nitric oxide and heart failure


Faculty Research Videos

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. Tomich with student and link to Dr. Tomich's YouTube research videoImage of Dr. Chen discussing research with a grad student and link to Dr. Chen's YouTube research video
Dr. John Tomich
Dr. Jianhan Chen
Image of Dr. Durrett helping a grad student with research and link to Dr. Durrett's Youtube research videoImage of Dr. Klebba's research meeting and link to Dr. Klebba's YouTube research video
Dr. Timothy DurrettDr. Phillip E. Klebba
Image of Dr. Zolkiewska helping a grad student with resaerch and link to Dr. Zolkiewska's YouTube research video 
Dr. 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)

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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

Adam Schieferecke (undergrad) was awarded the 2016 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

Michael Kanost's NIH grant was renewed for years 27-31: Proteinase systems in insect hemolymph. NIH GM041247, 4/1/16 - 3/31/21, $1,875,000.

Tim Durrett gave a seminar for the Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics, & Molecular Biology at Iowa State University on March 24 entitled "Exploring MBOAT Substrate Specificity to Increase Production of Low Viscosity Oil."

Jianhan Chen gave an invited talk at the 251st ACS National Meeting in San Diego, "Multi-scale modeling of IDP structure and interaction."

Saurav Misra was awarded an Innovative Research Award from the Johnson Cancer Center.

Alyssa Belford (undergrad) received an Undergraduate Research Award from K-State to work with Saurav Misra this summer.

Rachel Proteau (undergrad) received the Big 12 Conference's highest academic honor for student athletes, the Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award.

Jordan Strickler (undergrad) was selected as a member of the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society at K-State.

Bailey Porter (undergrad) was selected as a member of Chimes, K-State's junior honorary.

Ann McLean and Sarah Plum (undergrads) were selected as members of Silver Key, K-State's sophomore leadership honorary.

Lawrence Davis is part of an international consortium that received a $300,000 grant from NATO for a project entitled “New Phytotechnology for Cleaning Contaminated Military Sites.”

Cathernie Kornacki (grad, Durrett) gave a presentation about her research entitled “Biofuels! The Power of Plants” at "Science on Tap" on Feb 24 at the Tallgrass Tap House. The event was co-hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Sunset Zoo.

Muriel Eaton and Adam Schieferecke (undergrads) were nominated for the 2016 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

Saurav Misra received a core utilization grant from the University of Kansas COBRE-PSF for "Interaction mapping to understand how Bag2 protects oncogenic p53 mutants" ($2,700).

John Tomich and Gerald Reeck delivered a talk over the internet that was followed at UC Davis, University of New Mexico, and the USDA Office in Fort Pierce, FL entitled, "Effective oral delivery of dsRNA to insects" for the USDA Citrus Greening Solutions Program on 1/28/16.

Randi Wise, Sara Duhachek-Muggy, Yue Qi, Michal Zolkiewski and Anna Zolkiewska presented a poster at the 21st Annual Midwest Stress Response and Molecular Chaperone Meeting in Evanston Illinois on 1/16/16 entitled, "Protein disulfide isomerases promote anchorage-independent growth of breast cancer cells."

John Tomich presented "Branched Amphipathic Peptide Capsules: A Singularly Versatile Drug Delivery" at the University of Southern California, Biology Section, School of Gerontology on 1/11/16 and as a platform talk at the 2016 K-INBRE Annual Conference in Overland Park, KS on 1/16/16.

Timothy Durrett presented a poster at the USDA-NIFA Principal Investigator Meeting in San Diego on 1/8/16 entitled, "Targeted metabolic engineering of Camelina sativa to synthesize high levels of industrially useful lipids." Sunil Bansal, Catherine Kornacki, Tam Tran-Nguyen, Shahna Campell, Jillian Silva, Ed Cahoon, Chaofu Lu and Timothy Durrett authored the poster.

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