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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.

BMB Seminar

Sung-O Kim - March 20

Michelle Munson-Serban Simu Keystone Research Scholar
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Carl R. Ice College of Engineering, Kansas State University
"Plasma Endoscopy using Optical Fibers for Cancer Therapy"

Scott Lovell - March 27

Director, Protein Structure Lab
Del Shankel Structural Biology Center
University of Kansas
"A Protein Structure Medley: From Functional Studies to Inhibitor Development"

Congratulations to our Fall 2018 Graduates!

BMB graduates with department head at commencement

Fall 2018 graduating seniors in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at commencement with the department head. Pictured (left to right): Xena Moore, Ayomide Aduloju, Dr. Michal Zolkiewski, Brendan Drouhard, Kayla Nutsch, Matthew Mcwhorter, and Zachary Reuter. Not pictured: Molly Bassette, Gary Davis, and Emily Wedeman.

BMB Graduate Awards

Charlie Hedgcoth, Jr. and Phillip Nordin Graduate Memorial Awards

Congratulations to Miao Li 2018 recipient of the BMB Excellence in Graduate Research.

Congratulations to Miao Li, Pavithra Natarajan, and Indhujah Thevarajan, 2017-2018 recipients of the BMB Excellence in Graduate Teaching.

"First Graduating Class of BMB Medical Biochemistry Majors Achieve 100% Acceptance to the University of Kansas School of Medicine"

Image of six students accepted to KU from left to right: Natalie Ost, Matthew Brettmann, Samuel Broll, Tate Gilchrist, Mackenzie Wahl, and Garrison Olds.

Photo by Maxwell Braasch

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics is pleased to report that all of its undergraduate majors who applied to the 2021 Class of the University of Kansas School of Medicine were accepted. The students are in order left to right: Natalie Ost, Matthew Brettmann, Samuel Broll, Tate Gilchrist, Mackenzie Wahl and Garrison Olds. All six of these seniors participated in the recently developed Medical Biochemistry track, which BMB created in 2013 for its undergraduate students. This curriculum allows biochemistry students who desire a career in medicine or other health-related fields to both prepare for entrance exams and focus their classroom study on subject matter that will comprise their first year of medical, veterinary or nursing school. In 2016, the overall acceptance rate for US applicants to in-state medical schools was 60.6%, so K-State BMB's 2017 acceptance rate of 100% was well above the norm. (Read full pdf article.)

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

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.

Leutert, M., Menzel, S., Braren, R., Rissiek, B., Hopp, A. K., Nowak, K., Bisceglie, L., Gehrig, P., Li, H., Zolkiewska, A., Koch-Nolte, F., Hottiger, M. O. (2018) Proteomic characterization of the heart and skeletal muscle reveals widespread arginine ADP-ribosylation by the ARTC1 ectoenzyme. Cell Rep. 24, 1916-1929

V. Pidlisnyuk, L. Erickson, J.Trogl, P. Shapoval, L. Davis, J. Popelka, T. Tsefanovska, Ge. Hettiarachchi (2018) Metals uptake behaviour in Miscanthus x giganteus plant during growth at the contaminated soil from the military site in Sliac, Slovakia. Polish Journal of Chemical Technology, vol 20, p.1-7, doi:10.2478/pjct-2018-0016

Sunil Bansal, Hae Jin Kim, GunNam Na, Megan E Hamilton, Edgar B Cahoon, Chaofu Lu and Timothy P DurrettTowards the synthetic design of camelina oil enriched in tailored acetyl-triacylglycerols with medium-chain fatty acids Journal of Experimental Botany https://doi.org/10.1093/jxb/ery225

Simranjot Bawa (grad, E. Geisbrecht) received a Graduate Student Council Travel Award ($450) to attend the Society for Developmental Biology 77th Annual Meeting in Portland, OR, July 20-24.

Yanan Xhou (BMB grad, Yang - Biology) received a Graduate Student Council Travel Award ($400) to attend ASV 2018, the American Society for Virology 37th Annual Meeting, at the University of Maryland in College Park, July 14-18.

John Tomich is featured in K-State news as Phoreus Biotechnology licenses his team's bio-delivery technology known as BAPCs. K-State Today

D. Fernando Estrada (B.S. 1999) was featured in ASBMB Today, a publication of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, as the Research Spotlight on May 1.

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