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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.

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BMB students working at open house.
BMB represented well at K-State's Open House on April 9, 2022.
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BMB Seminar

May 4 - Punit Prakash

Electrical and Computer Engineering, Kansas State University
Technologies for personalized delivery of energy-based image-guided interventions (pdf)

Spring Graduation

Friday, May 13 - Graduate School Commencement

1:00 p.m. Bramlage Coliseum

Saturday, May 14 - Undergraduate Commencement

College of Arts and Sciences
8:30 p.m. Bramlage Coliseum

PhD Defenses

Dr. Xin XuCongratulations to Xin Xu who successfully defended her doctoral dissertation entitled “Structural and Functional Analysis of Complement Proteins” on Friday, November 19th, 2021, under the supervision of Dr. Brian Geisbrecht. Xin will be joining Bristol-Myers Squibb in Redwood City, CA as a staff scientist in January 2022. Congratulations Dr. Xu!

Dr. Jacob WeberJacob 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!

Dr. Ashish KumarAshish 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!


The Recent BMB Active Site News

Read the latest news in BMB. Fall 2020 Newsletter created by department faculty and staff. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required.

News Highlights

BMB Undergrad Presents Research at the ASBMB Annual Meeting

Carson Gido presenting research posterCarson Gido, junior in biochemistry, was selected to present his research poster "Structural Basis for Nanomolar-Affinity Inhibition of Neutrophil Serine Protease Activity by the S. aureus EAP Domain Protein, Eap1" at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting April 2-5 in Philadelphia. Gido works with Brian Geisbrecht studying a white blood cell enzyme that, when over-activated, can cause lung cancer and other lung diseases. Gido's research experience and travel to the meeting were supported by the K-State Johnson Cancer Research Center through an Undergraduate Cancer Research Award. Photo and story courtesy of K-State News.

2020/2021 Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Charlie Hedgcoth, Jr. and Phillip Nordin Graduate Memorial Awards for Excellence

Jacob Weber (grad, Gorman), Xin Xu (grad, B. Geisbrecht) and Yao Yan (grad, Finnigan) were awarded for Excellence in Graduate Research.

David Manning presented with a celebratory pin in recognition of his 40 years of service for the State of Kansas

Dave Manning is presented his 40 year pin by Michal Zolkiewski.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 Fulbright RecipientCole 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.

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

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Recent News

Dreah Kuckelman (undergrad, biochemistry) was inducted into the Kansas State University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. K-State News

Ruth Mekuria (undergrad, biochemistry) was awarded the Above and Beyond Award from Developing Scholars. This award recognizes scholars who have done well in their research and beyond. K-State Today

BMB undergrad Samira Laytimi, (Schrick, biology) was awarded a Spring 2022 OURCI Research/ Creative Activity grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry.

Two BMB student researchers presented in Kansas Undergraduate Research Days virtual event March 1-3, 2022. K-State News

  • Carson Gido (Brian Geisbrecht) - "Inhibition of Neutrophil Serine Proteases by Staphylococcus aureus Extracellular Adherence Protein Domains."
  • Dewey Leierer (Brenda Oppert, USDA) - "Shotgun Metagenomic Case Study of a Yellow Mealworm (Tenebrio Molitor) Colony Collapse"

Hannah Miller (undergrad, Prakash)Hannah Miller presented “NMR Structural and Dynamics Studies of an Insect Cytokine-like Stress Responsive Peptide” at the 20th Annual K-INBRE, January 13th-14th, 2022. Authors: Hannah Miller, Nitin Mishra, Haobo Jiang and Om Prakash.

Fall 2021 K-State Johnson Cancer Research Center Undergraduate Awards K-state News

  • Kayden Creamer  – "Continued efforts of PhaC crystallization for cancer drug delivery using PHA"
  • Mikaela Garcia-Escamilla – "The role of tumor-suppressor gene Lhx6 during cellular migration of GABAergic interneurons in the zebrafish forebrain"
  • Carson Gido – "Inhibition of neutrophil serine proteases by EAP domain proteins"
  • Taryn Lubbers – "Peptide nanocarrier delivery of mRNA vaccines for treating melanomas"
  • Hannah Miller – "Understanding the molecular recognition basis of EGFR inhibitors for cancer treatment"
  • Abigail Parker – "Subcellular localization of putative transacylase"
  • Mia Thompson – "Macrophage Phenotypes in Mouse Melanoma"

Carson Gido, biochemistry undergrad, received the Kim Dierks Tutor of Distinction scholarship. Gido tutored students in biology, biochemistry and chemistry courses at the Academic Achievement Center. K-State Today

Mike Kanost received a National Institutes of Health, MIRA grant entiltled "Function of hemolymph plasma proteins in insect immune responses."

Nicholas Neumann (grad, Durrett) gave an oral presentation, "Generation of Camelina Mid-oleic Acid Seed Oil by Identification and Stacking of Fatty Acid Biosynthetic Mutants", at the 2021 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo in the Plant and Algae Lipid Biotechnology and Genomics session on May 6, 2021 by Zoom.

Diana Najera (undergrad, Gorman) was awarded the Rita G. Perez Exemplary Scholar Award from Developing Scholars. This award honors a Scholar who, like Rita Perez herself, exemplifies the whole package! K-State Today

Ruth Mekuria (undergrad, Klebba) was the First Year, honorable mention in the Coffman Excellence in Research Awards from Developing Scholars. This award is given for excellence in research, student engagement and accomplishments. K-State Today

Souza SA*, Held A, Lu WJ, Drouhard B*, Avila B, Leyva-Montes R*, Hu M, Miller III BR, Ng HL. (2021). Mechanisms of allosteric and mixed mode aromatase inhibitors. RSC Chem. Biol. Advance Article. 19 March 2021.
*Samson Souza (grad, Ng); *Brendan Drouhard, Bryant Avila, and Raul Leyva-Montes (undergrads, Ng)

Dylan Feist and Lindy Karrer (undergrads, biochemistry) were selected as members of Silver Key Honor Society's class of 2021-22. K-State Today

Max Harman (undergrad, biochemistry) was selected as a member of Blue Key Honor Society's class of 2021-22. K-State News