Message from the Chair

As a basic science department in a research intensive medical school the major mission of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) is to conduct innovative and important biomedical research.  BMB is host to a diverse array of multidisciplinary research programs ranging from the analysis of molecules, membranes, mice and men.  Basic biomedical research is conducted in cell biology, structural biology, genetics, immunology, microbiology and neurobiology.  In addition, preclinical and translational research is carried out in areas of pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, visual disorders, and sickle cell disease.
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Upcoming Seminar

October 12, 2015

Speaker: Dr. James D. West
Affiliations: Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, & Critical Care Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Presentation: “Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension and the BMP Pathway”
Location: MSB 2.135
Host: Dr. Harry Karmouty-Quintana

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Latest News

BMB’s First Paul F. Cranefield Awardee

Dr. David Mac Lean, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Vasanthi Jayaraman’s lab, was awarded the 2015 Postdoc Cranefield Award.   […]

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UTHealth Biochemists Working to Learn More about Sickle Cell Disease

Dr. Xia and her team published their study titled “Elevated sphingosine-1-phosphate promotes sickling and sickle cell disease progression” in the […]

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Faculty Collaboration Leads to Nature Publication

Research by Eric Wagner, Ph.D., and Ann-Bin Shyu, Ph.D. lead to discovering that a protein called CFIm25, critical to keeping messenger […]

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Michael Blackburn named the William S. Kilroy Sr., Chair in Pulmonary Disease

Dr. Michael Blackburn has been named the William S. Kilroy Sr., Chair in Pulmonary Disease. Dr. Blackburn is world-renowned for his […]

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Recent Publications

Unique double-ring structure of the peroxisomal Pex1/Pex6 ATPase complex revealed by cryo-electron microscopy

Blok NB, Tan D, Wang RY, Penczek PA, Baker D, DiMaio F, Rapoport TA, Walz T.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Jul 28;112(30):E4017-25.


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For a full list of publications, please search "Spudich JL" at PubMed

Structure of the F-actin-tropomyosin complex

von der Ecken J1, Müller M2, Lehman W3, Manstein DJ2, Penczek PA4, Raunser S1.

Nature. 2015 Mar 5;519(7541):114-7

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A primer to single-particle cryo-electron microscopy

Cheng Y1, Grigorieff N2, Penczek PA3, Walz T4

Cell. 2015 Apr 23;161(3):438-49

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Structural snapshots of actively translating human ribosomes

Behrmann E1, Loerke J1, Budkevich TV1, Yamamoto K1, Schmidt A2, Penczek PA3, Vos MR4, Bürger J1, Mielke T5, Scheerer P2, Spahn CM6

Cell. 2015 May 7;161(4):845-57

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