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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.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics is conducting classes in person, hybrid, and online as conditions permit. Masks and social distancing are required. Thorough cleaning procedures are in place. Employees are working from home when possible. For more details www.k-state.edu/covid-19.

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

Jessica Changstrom Wins Stamey Award for Advising

Jessica ChangstromThe College of Arts and Sciences recognizes Jessica Changestrom with the 2020 William L. Stamey Award for Advising. Changstrom is the primary advisor for biochemistry and molecular biophysics. Her nominator says this about her, "Jessy's job as the chief undergraduate advisor in three highly dissimilar departments should be considered unique, unconventional and quite challenging. It is Jessy's enthusiasm, dedication, and hard work, but also her warm and empathic personality, which made her a truly outstanding advisor for an incredibly diverse group of students." K-State Today

Phillip E. Klebba Selected as a 2020 AAAS Fellow

Dr. Phillep E. Klebba, AAAS FellowThe world's largest scientific society, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has chosen Phillip E. Klebba as one of the 489 fellows this year. The fellowship program recognizes individuals whose efforts toward advancing science applications are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. Klebba distinguished himself with contributions to the understanding of the membrane transport mechanisms of bacteria relevant to their practical applications in human and animal health. Photo 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

Anna Zolkiewska received the Flossie West Breast Cancer Research Award from the K-State Johnson Cancer Research Center for "Imunotherapies for Breast Cancer"

BMB students recieving Fall 2020 K-State Johnson Cancer Center Undergraduate Cancer Research Awards: K-State News.

  • Mayme Loyd – Mentor: Masaaki Tamura (Anatomy & Physiology) – "Study of the mechanism underlying Euglena-dependent inhibition of viral infection and lung cancer growth"
  • Hawa Dembele – Mentor: Om Prakash – "Understanding the Structural Basis for Development of EGFR Inhibitors for Cancer Treatment"
  • Kierra Holloman – Mentor: Michael Kanost – "Regulation of protease inhibitors by oxidation of cysteine residues"
  • Alexander Vontz – Mentor: Brian Geisbrecht – "gC1qR as an Emerging Therapeutic Target for Breast Cancer"

Nicholas G. Neumann*, Tara J. Nazaremus, Jose A. Aznar-Moreno, Sergio A. Rodriguez-Aponte, Valerie A. Meijas Veintidos, Luca Comai, Timothy P. Durrett, Edgar B. Cahoon. (2021) Generation of camelina mid-oleic acid seed oil by identification and stacking of fatty acid biosynthetic mutants. Industrial Crops & Products 2021 January 159:113074. doi.org/
10.1016/j.indcrop.2020.113074. Epub 2020 Nov 18.
*Nicholas G. Neumann (grad, Durrett)

Weber, J.J.*, Kashipathy, M.M., Battaile, K.P., Go, E., Desaire, H., Kanost, M.R., Lovell, S., and Gorman, M.J. (2020) Structural insight into the novel iron-coordination and domain interactions of transferrin-1 from a model insect, Manduca sexta. Protein Science, Nov 16. doi: 10.1002/pro.3999.
*Jacob J. Weber (grad, Gorman)

Weber, J.J.*, Kanost M.R., and Gorman, M.J. (2020) Iron binding and release properties of transferrin-1 from Drosophila melanogaster and Manduca sexta: implications for insect iron homeostasis. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 125: 103438. doi: 10.1016/
*Jacob J. Weber (grad, Gorman)