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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 $7 million in extramural support for studying various aspects of biochemistry in animals, plants, insects and microorganisms.

Browse this website to find information about our academics, faculty, seminars and more.

BMB Seminar

Seemay Chou - October 23

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of California, San Francisco
"From bacteria to ticks: lessons in antimicrobial defense" (pdf)


Goldwater Scholar from Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Erianna Basgall

Erianna Basgall, junior in biochemistry, was selected as one of three K-State 2019 Barry Goldwater Scholars. Basgall is working with CRISPR gene editing and developing applications in the lab of Gregory Finnigan, assistant professor in BMB. The Goldwater scholarship is the premier undergraduate scholarship for students interested in research careers in engineering, mathematics or the natural sciences.
Photo courtesy of K-State News.

Matthew Brettmann, Member of the First Graduating Class in BMB Medical Biochemistry, Speaks About His K-State Education

Matthew Brettmann speaks about his K-State education.

Read more from Matthew about his K-State education.  Photo courtesy of Arts and Sciences.

The Recent BMB Active Site News

Read the latest news in BMB. Summer 2019 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 videoImage of Dr. Tomich with student and link to Dr. Tomich's YouTube research video
Dr. Phillip E. Klebba
Dr. John Tomich


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

Diana Najera (undergrad, Gorman) was accepted as a 2019 McNair Scholar.

Sara Haggard (BMB undergrad) was selected as a member of Quest Freshman Honorary. K-State Today

Miao Li successfully defended her doctoral thesis "Study of Serpins and Antifungal Peptides in Manduca sexta" (pdf) on October 4, 2019. Major pofessor: Dr. Michael Kanost.

Mike Kanost was awarded the Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award for excellence in research, scholarship and mentoring of graduate students. K-State Today

Anna Zolkiewska presented a talk “Protein ectodomain shedding by ADAM proteases in breast cancer” during the 2019 Martha Vaughan, M.D. Symposium: Remembering Her Legacy, which was held at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in Bethesda, MD, on September 9-10, 2019.

Gregory Finnigan gave and invited seminar "Shifting into second gear: programming CRISPR-based gene drives in budding yeast" on September 9, 2019 at Emporia State University.

Brian Geisbrecht gave a talk "Design of novel peroxidase inhibitory protein with broad target specificity" on September 7, 2019 at the 11th International Human Peroxidase Meeting in Brno, Czech Republik.

Yan, Y. and Finnigan, G.C. (2019) Analysis of CRISPR gene drive design in budding yeast. Access Microbiology. doi: 10.1099/acmi.0.000059

Hannah Lusk successfully defended her masters thesis "Identification and characterization of C-terminal alterations in Arabidopsis thaliana FATTY ACID DESATURASE 6 (FAD6)" (pdf) on August 23, 2019. Major Professor: Dr. Ruth Welti.

Ho Leung Ng gave a presentantion "Deep neural network affinity model for BACE inhibitors in D3R Grand Challenge 4" at the Drug Design Data Resource Workshop on August 22. 2019 in San Diego, CA. The Ng research team placed fourth in the world for the Grand Challenge 4 to predict drug activities for the Alzheimer's disease drug target, BACE1.

Kayla Nutsch successfully defended her masters thesis "Oral and transdermal delivery of branched amphiphilic peptide capsules in vivo" (pdf) on August 16, 2019. Major Professor: Dr. John Tomich.

Lynn Goss Schrag, Xiaolong Cao, Hawa Dembele, Xiaorong Liu, Qasim Al Souhail, Michael Robert Kanost, Jianhan Chen, Haobo Jiang, Om Prakash. Expression and Characterization of Manduca sexta Stress Responsive Peptide-1; An Inducer of Antimicrobial Peptide Synthesis. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Vol. 4, No. 3, 2019, pp. 42-52. doi: 10.11648/j.bmb.20190403.12

Zou, Y., Ewalt, J., and Ng, HL. Recent Insights from Molecular Dynamics Simulations for G Protein-Coupled Receptor Drug Discovery.Int. J. Mol. Sci. 29 Aug 2019, 20(17), 4327. doi: 10.3390/ijms20174237. PMID:31470676

Aulakh K, Durrett TP. The Plastid Lipase PLIP1 Is Critical for Seed Viability in diacylglycerol acyltransferase1 Mutant Seed.Plant Physiol. 2019 Aug;180(4):1962-1974. doi: 10.1104/pp.19.00600. Epub 2019 Jun 20. PMID:1221730

Michal Zolkiewski received a 4-year $1.9 million award from the National Institutes of Health to develop new antibiotics entitled "Discovery of Hsp100-selective inhibitors for targeting multiple microbial pathogens.” K-State News

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