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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.



Tulane School of Medicine News

Tulane receives $1 million to assist in fighting COVID-19 - Jul 01, 2020
Tulane University has received an anonymous $1 million gift to establish a fund for Emerging Research in Infectious Disease. The fund will be used to support Tulane’s research in infectious disease, providing an immediate impact in the race for treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19. It will address all aspects of the crisis, from detection to treatment to prevention by supporting Tulane’s promising research and clinical enterprise. “This donor,...
Online cooking classes promote healthy eating, stretching food budget - Jun 29, 2020
The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine will host online cooking classes starting on Wednesday, July 1, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. CT, featuring healthy seasonal recipes that home cooks can make with common pantry items. Wednesday’s class is the first of the series. Each class will have a different theme with new recipes.   Tickets to the classes are by donation. To register for the July 1 class, click here.   The Zoom session will be led...
Tulane University receives $12.5 million for military veteran care - Jun 29, 2020
Tulane University, nationally renowned for the care it provides to retired professional athletes through partnerships with the NFL Player Care Foundation and The Trust (Powered by the NFLPA), has received a $12.5 million gift from The Avalon Fund for the creation of the Tulane University Center for Brain Health. The center will specialize in the treatment of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in U.S. military...
Stress of COVID-19 pandemic could lead to violence at home, Tulane experts caution - Jun 26, 2020
While some COVID-19 stay-at-home orders are being eased across the country, the stress on many families remains high and will be felt even after restrictions are lifted. Physical distancing, isolation and quarantine meausures designed to stop the spread of the virus could lead to an increase in family violence at home, according to a perspective in Pediatrics co-authored by Tulane University child psychiatrists.   Schools, summer camps and...
Tulane University researchers develop synthetic antibody against COVID-19 - Jun 22, 2020
Scientists working to develop drugs against COVID-19 are focused on interrupting its interaction with ACE2, an enzyme the spike protein on the surface of the coronavirus latches onto, like a key, to enter and infect healthy cells. Researchers at Tulane University School of Medicine have designed a synthetic protein that acts as a decoy to intercept and neutralize the virus before it can attach to ACE2 to cause infection.  The protein, MDR504,...