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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 $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.

Spring Graduation

Friday, May 17 - Graduate School Commencement

1:00 p.m. Bramlage Coliseum

Saturday, May 18 - Undergraduate Commencement

College of Arts & Sciences
8:30 a.m. Bramlage Coliseum

News

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 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 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 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 video 
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

Samantha Goetting, senior in biochemistry, and Jeremiah Shipman, junior in medical biochemistry, were selected as members of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. K-State News

Gregory Finnigan was featured in K-State University's Seek Magazine with "CRISPR Connections: how scientists use genetic technology to improve our world"

Brian Geisbrecht was featured in Johnson Cancer Center's Conquest Magazine with "Counter-attacking cancer - Biochemist investigates tumor growth trigger linked to immune system"

Marta Stetsiv (undergrad, E. Geisbrectht) received the Anita Cortez Award at the 19th Annual Developing Scholars Symposium on Arpil 14.

Kierra Halloman (undergrad, Kanost) and Diana Najera (undergrad, Gorman) received Promise Awards at the 19th Annual Developing Scholars Symposium on April 14.

Miao Li (grad, Kanost) gave an oral presentaion, "Investigation of an anti fungal peptide, diapausin, from Manduca sexta,” on April 8, 2019 at the Experimental Biology Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL.

Poster presentations at the Experimental Biology Annual Meeting April 6-9. 2019 in Orlando, FL:  Sheila de Melo Barros (postdoc, Tomich); Ashish Kumar (grad, Klebba); John Tomich; Miao Li (grad, Kanost); and Jacob Weber (grad, Gorman).

Pavithra Natarajan presented a poster, "Peptide bilayer capsules to peptide bilayer coated metallic nanoparticles- BAPCs through the decade!", on April 1-2 at the American Chemical Society National Meeting 2019 in Orlando, FL.

Timothy Durrett has earned tenure and a promotion to associate professor. K-State Today

Erica Geisbrecht has earned a promotion to professor. K-State Today

Miao Li (grad, Kanost) gave an invited seminar, "Investigation of an anti-fungal peptide, diapausin, from Manduca sexta," in the Department of Chemistry at Metropolitan State University of Denver, CO on April 1."

Max Harman (BMB undergrad) was selected for Silver Key, a sophomore leadership honor society for 2019-2020 academic year. K-State Today

Phillip Klebba and his research team are featured in K-State news with discovery of universal fluorescent sensors to characterize infectious bacteria. K-State Today

Kramer, K. J. 2019. My times with Professor Igor Kregar and some hydrolytic enzymes. Acta Chim. Slov. 66, 1-4.

Research honors awarded to undergraduates on presentations at 17th annual K-INBRE biosciences symposium: Fawwaz Naeem (biology, E. Geisbrecht) for oral presentation; Seth Peery (BMB, Schrick - biology), Emily Wessel (BMB, Tomich), and Molly Bassette (BMB, Tamura - A&P) for poster pesentations. K-State Today

Anna Zolkiewska received an NCI grant to study “Role of ADAM12 in Regulatory T Cell Accumulation within T11 Claudin-Low Breast Tumors” (January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020, $149,840).

Nicole Green (Ph.D. 2018, E. Geisbrecht) had her publication, "A tissue communication network coordinating innate immune response during muscle stress," selected for the cover image on the Journal of Cell Science in December.

Simranjot Bawa (grad, E. Geisbrecht) received an American Heart Association predoctoral fellowship for 2018-2019.

Linah Alkotami successfully defended her masters thesis on November 12, 2018. Major professor: Dr. Timothy Durrett.

Aritri Majumdar successfully defended her doctoral thesis, "TonB-dependent Transport of Ferric Enterobactin through FepA in Gram-negative Bacteria" on November 13. 2018. Major professor: Dr. Phillip Klebba.

Miao Li was awarded the Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Charlie Hedgcoth, Jr. and Phillip Nordin Graduate Memorial Award for Excellence in Graduate Research.

Karanbir S. Aulakh successfully defended his doctoral theseis on September 24, 2018. Major professor: Dr. Timothy Durrett.

Miao Li, Pavithra Natarajan, and Indhujah Thevarajan were awarded the Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Charlie Hedgcoth, Jr. and Phillip Nordin Graduate Memorial Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching for 2017-2018.

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