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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.

BMB Seminar

February 19 - Jason Krantz

Environmental Health and Safety
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News Highlights

Michael Kanost Recognized with Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award
Michael Kanost

Michael Kanost, university distinguished professor of BMB and nationally recognized expert in insect biochemistry, is one of two recipients this year of Kansas State University's Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award. He will receive a honorarium of $2,500 for his excellence in mentoring and teaching of graduate students and in research. The award, Kansas State University's top honor for graduate teaching and research, recognizes current members of the graduate faculty who are respected nationally and internationally for their outstanding scholarly achievements and for their contributions to graduate education at the university. Photo courtesy of K-State News.

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

Congratulations to Ashish Kumar and Taihao Yang (grads, Klebba) 2019 recipients of the BMB Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award.

Congratulations to Simran Bawa (grad, E. Geisbrect) and Ashish Kumar (grad, Klebba) 2019 recipients of the BMB Excellence in Graduate Research Award.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Graduate Student Earns Top Honors at Research and The State
Ashish Kumar

Ashish Kumar, doctoral student in biochemistry, won top honors at Research and the State graduate student poster session for "Fluorescence Assays for Detection, Discrimination and Quantification of Siderophores" on October 31. He will receive a small scholarship and be one of 10 graduate students to represent K-State at the 17th annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit, February 26, 2020, at the State Capitol in Topeka. He will present his poster and discuss the implications his work has on issues in the state of Kansas with state legislators, members of the Kansas Board of Regents, and the public. Kumar's faculty advisor is Phillip Klebba, university distinguished professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics. K-State 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 News

Read the latest news in BMB. Summer 2019 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 videoImage of Dr. Tomich with student and link to Dr. Tomich's YouTube research video
Dr. Phillip E. Klebba
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 News

Heffel, M.G., and Finnigan, G.C. (2019) Mathematical modeling of self-contained CRISPR gene drive reversal systems. Sci Rep 9, 20050 doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-54805-8

Mun, S., Noh, M. Y., Kramer, K. J., Muthukrishnan, S., Arakane, T. Gene functions in adult cuticle pigmentation of the yellow mealworm, Tenebrio molitor. 2020. Insect Biochem. Molec. Biol. 117, 103291 doi: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2019.103291

Romero, Y., Wise, R., and Zolkiewska, A.“Proteolytic processing of PD-L1 by ADAM proteases in breast cancer cells”. Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy, DOI 10.1007/s00262-019-02437-2.

Erianna Basgall, Megan Goeckel, and Isabel Lewis (undergrads, Finnigan) received travel awards to attend and present posters at the American Society for Microbiology's Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Anaheim CA, November 13-16.

Receiving K-State Arts and Sciences Student Research Travel Awards:

  • Basgall presented "Design of S. pyogenes Cas9 nuclease immune to anti-CRISPR inhibition"
  • Goeckel presented “Examination of multiple septin association domains within Bud3 in S. cerevisiae

Receiving an ASM Student Travel Award,

  • Lewis presented "CRISPR gene drive with Cas12a nuclease: only as good as the guide"

Simran Bawa (grad, E. Geisbrecht) was recognized with the ‘Best talk’ award for her presentation "Drosophila TRIM32 cooperates with glycolytic enzymes to promote cell growth" at the recent Midwest Drosophila Conference held in Allerton, IL Nov. 2-3, 2019.

Diana Najera (undergrad, Gorman) was accepted as a 2019 McNair Scholar.

Sara Haggard (BMB undergrad) was selected as a member of Quest Freshman Honorary. K-State Today

Miao Li successfully defended her doctoral thesis "Study of Serpins and Antifungal Peptides in Manduca sexta" (pdf) on October 4, 2019. Major pofessor: Dr. Michael Kanost.

Anna Zolkiewska presented a talk “Protein ectodomain shedding by ADAM proteases in breast cancer” during the 2019 Martha Vaughan, M.D. Symposium: Remembering Her Legacy, which was held at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in Bethesda, MD, on September 9-10, 2019.

Gregory Finnigan gave and invited seminar "Shifting into second gear: programming CRISPR-based gene drives in budding yeast" on September 9, 2019 at Emporia State University.

Brian Geisbrecht gave a talk "Design of novel peroxidase inhibitory protein with broad target specificity" on September 7, 2019 at the 11th International Human Peroxidase Meeting in Brno, Czech Republik.

Yan, Y. and Finnigan, G.C. (2019) Analysis of CRISPR gene drive design in budding yeast. Access Microbiology. doi: 10.1099/acmi.0.000059

Hannah Lusk successfully defended her masters thesis "Identification and characterization of C-terminal alterations in Arabidopsis thaliana FATTY ACID DESATURASE 6 (FAD6)" (pdf) on August 23, 2019. Major Professor: Dr. Ruth Welti.

Ho Leung Ng gave a presentantion "Deep neural network affinity model for BACE inhibitors in D3R Grand Challenge 4" at the Drug Design Data Resource Workshop on August 22. 2019 in San Diego, CA. The Ng research team placed fourth in the world for the Grand Challenge 4 to predict drug activities for the Alzheimer's disease drug target, BACE1.

Kayla Nutsch successfully defended her masters thesis "Oral and transdermal delivery of branched amphiphilic peptide capsules in vivo" (pdf) on August 16, 2019. Major Professor: Dr. John Tomich.

Lynn Goss Schrag, Xiaolong Cao, Hawa Dembele, Xiaorong Liu, Qasim Al Souhail, Michael Robert Kanost, Jianhan Chen, Haobo Jiang, Om Prakash. Expression and Characterization of Manduca sexta Stress Responsive Peptide-1; An Inducer of Antimicrobial Peptide Synthesis. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Vol. 4, No. 3, 2019, pp. 42-52. doi: 10.11648/j.bmb.20190403.12

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