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 $7 million in extramural support for studying various aspects of biochemistry in animals, plants, insects and microorganisms.
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Gerald (Jerry) Reeck, Ph.D., 1945 - 2021
It is with great sorrow that we announce the unexpected passing of our dear colleague, professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, Dr. Gerald R. Reeck.
Jerry joined the Department of Biochemistry at KSU in 1974. He taught the principles of biochemistry to many generations of students, mentored numerous graduate students and postdocs, served the College of Arts and Sciences and the university in multiple administrative roles. Jerry’s research has been focused on the biological activities of proteins, most recently those found in aphids and other insects. His scientific knowledge, dedication to academia, and his sense of humor will be dearly missed.
October 20 - Jeffrey Comer
Anatomy and Physiology
Kansas State University
"Peptide Design through Molecular Dynamics Simulation"
Jacob Weber successfully defended his doctoral dissertation entitled “Biochemical properties and physiological functions of extracellular iron-binding proteins” on August 27, 2021. Jacob was part of Dr. Maureen Gorman’s research team. His work greatly increased our knowledge of the structure and function of insect transferrin, and his findings will be the basis of future research to understand iron homeostasis in insects. Congratulations, Jacob!
Ashish Kumar successfully defended his doctoral disseration entitled “Fluorescence Measurement of Metal Uptake by Pathogenic Bacteria” on August 9, 2021. Ashish works in the lab of Dr. Phillip Klebba. Congratualations, Dr. Kumar!
Read the latest news in BMB. Fall 2020 Newsletter created by department faculty and staff. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required.
David Manning presented with a celebratory pin in recognition of his 40 years of service for the State of Kansas
Hired into a Research Assistant position for the Biochemistry Department at Kansas State University in Sept. 1979, Dave’s initial work involved the collection of data from ultracentrifugation of self-associating molecules. These analytical studies used computer simulations, which required connection to an IBM mainframe via phone modem and at times punch cards. As the first monochrome Zenith computers started their appearance in the department, there was a notable pivot in focus for his duties. Dave’s role continued to evolve into a support person for multiple professors, specialized equipment, various operating systems, network connectivity, and eventually for the main office itself. Stretching the lifetime of our computers and other scientific equipment, has helped free up funds for use in research. Participation in the inventory and accounting duties, and assisting in safety concerns have also played a part in recent years. There have been seven department heads during the years of Dave Manning’s employment and he has found himself located within five different buildings on campus. Awarding his pin is Dr. Michal Zolkiewski, head of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Senior Awarded Fulbright Travel Grant
Cole Wilson, senior in biochemistry, is granted a Fulbright award for travel abroad in the next academic year. He will travel to Germany to conduct bioengineering and neuroscience research. Fulbright grant recipients receive round-trip transportation, tuition when applicable and a monthly living stipend for one academic year abroad. In 2019, Wilson was awarded a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, or German Academic Exchange Service, internship to Potsdam, Germany. Wilson works with Timothy Durrett, associate professor in biochemistry and molecular biophysics, researching why different plant enzymes produce different oil products. Photo and story courtesy of K-State News.
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