Rodney E. Kellems, PhD

Rodney E. Kellems, PhD

 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.  These interdisciplinary approaches taken by our faculty provide meaning to the term “molecular medicine”.  BMB annual research expenditures total nearly $8.5 million from the 43 active projects which are derived from a diverse collection of funding organizations including the NIH, NSF, DOE, DOD, AHA, MDA, CPRIT, the Robert A. Welch Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trust, the Hermann Eye Fund, and numerous industry contracts.

BMB is home to two research centers that represent areas of research strength within the department: The Center for Membrane Biology and the Structural Biology Imaging Center.  BMB faculty members are involved in productive collaborations with many faculty members from other departments at the Medical School and in this way enhance the overall research environment of the medical school.  In addition, BMB faculty members are effective contributors to numerous medical school and graduate school educational programs.