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Biochemistry & Molecular Biology


The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology traces its origins to the Chemistry Department and subsequent Department of Biochemistry; a remarkable history of more than 180 years. Research activities of the faculty serve as a training ground for graduate students, college undergraduates, medical students, high school students, and teachers who are seeking a meaningful experience in laboratory-based studies.

Areas of research strength in the department include Nucleic Acids Biochemistry, Protein and Peptide Biochemistry, the Biochemistry of Protein Modifications, Cancer Mechanisms, Cancer Immunology, Cancer Stem Cells, Cancer Biology, and Drug Discovery. Graduate training in the department draws on the tools of genetics, cell biology, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, computer science and a number of other disciplines.

Supplementing the interdisciplinary training environment in the department are state-of-the-art instrumentation facilities, a seminar program that invites 15-20 outside speakers per year, including the annual Adrouny Lectureship by an invited distinguished scientist, and a number of collaborative activities involving research groups at Tulane, the University of New Orleans (UNO), Xavier University, the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) - New Orleans, the Ochsner Cancer Center, and other national or international institutions.

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Dr. Paul Gladden talks about new role at School of Medicine - Oct 26, 2021
Dr. Paul Gladden knows what it’s like to work under an intense amount of pressure. The orthopedic trauma surgeon recently stepped into a new role at the School of Medicine, a role that comes with a lot of expectations: Associate Dean and Designated Institutional Official for Tulane University’s Graduate Medical Education program. Dr. Gladden talks about his past work and his future plans in his own words. I’ve always been drawn toward a...
Tulane scientists unravel 50-year-old medical mystery behind toddlers’ deaths from RSV vaccine - Oct 22, 2021
When scientists were developing a vaccine against COVID-19, a key worry was the potential to cause disease enhancement. It’s a complication that occurs when a vaccine does the opposite of what it’s intended to do and instead makes someone more vulnerable when exposed to a pathogen.  For COVID-19, the fear can be traced back to an infamous clinical trial in the 1960s for an experimental vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the most...
Tulane doctors help form mutual aid group to serve communities devastated by Hurricane Ida - Oct 21, 2021
The Category 4 storm slammed into Terrebonne Parish with a ferocity that blew out windows, ripped the roofs off buildings and made parts of the community unlivable. The parish’s only two hospitals sustained catastrophic damage and area pharmacies didn’t have power, leaving many residents with little to no medical help in the days and weeks following the storm. Physicians from Tulane University School of Medicine and LSU Health New Orleans...
Pointer returns home to join Department of Surgery at his alma mater - Oct 08, 2021
The Department of Surgery recently welcomed back David Pointer, MD, as Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology. Pointer earned his medical degree and completed General Surgery Residency from Tulane University School of Medicine, which included a Research Fellowship within the Department of Structural and Cellular Biology. Pointer received additional fellowship training in Complex General Surgical Oncology at H. Lee Moffitt...
Tulane health experts appointed to state board to help Louisianans with rare diseases - Oct 06, 2021
Gov. John Bel Edwards has appointed two physicians and a licensed clinical social worker from Tulane University School of Medicine to the Louisiana Rare Disease Advisory Council, a new panel that will offer expert and clinical advice to the state to help address the needs of those diagnosed and living with rare diseases. Dr. Hans C. Andersson, Jennifer L. Borrillo and Dr. Ross C. Klingsberg will join the 10-member council. Andersson, director of...