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

November 30, 2015

Speaker: Dr. Leslie Myatt, Ph.D. FRCOG
Affiliations: Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon
Presentation: “Mitochondrial dysfunction in the placenta with preeclampsia and obesity: Role of microRNAs”
Location: 2.135
Host: Dr. Rodney E. Kellems

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Latest News

BMB Graduate Students Received the 2015 Medical School Dean’s Research Award

Four of BMB’s graduate students were recipients of the 2015 Medical School Dean’s Research Award.  Congratulations to Drew Dolino, Natoya […]

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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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Recent Publications

Gating machinery of InsP3R channels revealed by electron cryomicroscopy

Fan G, Baker ML, Wang Z, Baker MR, Sinyagovskiy PA, Chiu W, Ludtke SJ, Serysheva II

Nature. 2015 Oct 12. doi: 10.1038/nature15249. [Epub ahead of print]

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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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Natural light-gated anion channels: A family of microbial rhodopsins for advanced optogenetics

Govorunova EG, Sineshchekov OA, Janz R, Liu X, Spudich JL.

Science. 2015 Aug 7;349(6248):647-50. doi: 10.1126/science.aaa7484. Epub 2015 Jun 25.

PMID: 26113638
Govorunova et al. 2015 Science
Govorunova et al. 2015 Science Supplement

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