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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 $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 Seminars

STEM Student Career Colloquium - Thursday, October 20
13 Leasure Hall, 4-6 p.m.

Research Opportunities at the Los Alamos National Laboratory
Drs. Kerry Habiger & Clell J. Solomon
K-State Alumni at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Nicholas Wallace - Wednesday, October 26

Division of Biology
Kansas State University

"Cutaneous-HPV E6 Introduces Genomic Instability by Attenuating Cell Signaling"


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. Chen discussing research with a grad student and link to Dr. Chen's YouTube research video
Dr. Michael Kanost
Dr. Jianhan Chen
Image of Dr. Durrett helping a grad student with research and link to Dr. Durrett's Youtube research videoImage of Dr. Brian Geisbrecht overseeing research with lab staff and link to Dr. B. Geisbrecht's YouTube research video
Dr. Timothy Durrett
Dr. Brian Geisbrecht
Image of Dr. Erika Geisbrecht demonstrating research results and link to Dr. E. Gesbrecht's Youtube research videoImage of Dr. Klebba's research meeting and link to Dr. Klebba's YouTube research video
Dr. Erika Geisbrecht
Dr. Phillip E. Klebba
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
Aritri Majumdar working in lab
5 Minutes in Dr. Klebba's Lab

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)

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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

Lynn G. Schrag (grad, Prakash) gave an invited talk and presented a poster entitled "NMR Structural Studies of Stress Responsive Peptide-2 from the Insect Manduca sexta" at the 2016 Great Plains Regional Annual Symposium on Protein and Biomolecular NMR held in Lawrence, KS, Sept. 16-17, 2016.

Kayla Shore and Hannah Zimmer (undergrads) received research awards from the College of Arts and Sciences to work in Saurav Misra's lab this semester.

Om Prakash presented "NMR Structural Studies of the Extracellular Adherence Protein Domain 4" by Jordan L. Woehl (grad, B. Geisbrecht), Daisuke Takahashi (Kanost), Alvaro I. Herrera (Prakash), Brian V. Geisbrecht, and Om Prakash at the 27th International Conference on Magnetic Resonance in Biological System, Kyoto, Japan, Aug. 21-26, 2016.

David Wetzel (GBG Professor) and Mark Boatwright (grad) were featured on the cover of Milling Journal for their research in measuring endosperm purity in flour streams through NIR quantitative chemical imaging.

Michal Zolkiewski received a grant from NIH: "High-throughput assays for inhibitors of the Hsp100 molecular chaperone" ($387,500).

Mike Kanost led an international team of researchers that sequenced Manduca sexta genome. "Multifaceted biological insights from a draft genome sequence of the tobacco hornworm moth, Manduca sexta" was published in the Journal of Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Nicole Green (grad, E. Geisbrecht) presented two posters at The Allied Genetics Conference (July 12-17, Orlando, FL) entitled "Drosophila Fondue is a critical extracellular matrix organizer during muscle attachment and coagulation" and "'Moving' AP Biology forward: Using Drosophila-optimized wrMTrck to examine muscle mutants."

Gregory Finnigan, BMB's newest faculty member, officially began his position at K-State on July 3. Dr. Finnigan earned his PhD at the Univ. of Oregon (2011) and completed his postdoctoral work at the Univ. of California, Berkeley in the Dept. of Molecular and Cellular Biology (2016) as a Miller Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

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