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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 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 this year’s K-State BMB 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 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)

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

Eric Aube, James Houghton and Hannah Schauf were selected as Mortar Board Senior Honor Society 2017-2018 members. announcement

Tate Gilchrist, Faith Rahman, and Hannah Schauf (BMB undergrads) were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. announcement

Phillip Klebba has earned a promotion to University Distinguished Professor. announcement

Nicole Green (grad, E. Geisbrecht) received a Sarachek Scientific Travel Award ($2000). announcement

Erianna Basgall and Emily Turnquist (undergrads, Finnigan) received K-INBRE awards ($3,600) for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Erianna Basgall, Rachael Giersch, Bailey Porter and Laken Tedrow (undergrads, Finnigan) received K-State Arts & Sciences Research Awards ($1000) for Summer 2017.

Emily Turnquist (undergrad, Finnigan) received a Microscopy Society of America (MSA) Undergraduate Research Award ($3000) for Summer 2017.

Michal Zolkiewski has earned a promotion to full professor. announcement

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

Kyler Weingartner (undergrad, Schrick) received an award for his oral presentation, "Flavonoids as SIgnaling Molecules using Rhamnose Synthase Mutants,"at the Midwest ASPB Meeting at Purdue University, Feb. 4-5, 2017.

Emily Roggenkamp and Madison Schrock (undergrads) received College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Awards ($1000) to work in Gregory Finnigan's lab for the Spring 2017 semester.

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.