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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

Support Tulane Healthcare Providers - Mar 27, 2020
Tulane School of Medicine residents and other providers are continuing to deliver healthcare during this fraught time, despite many personal stresses. To help meet the needs of Tulane providers who are continuing their brave work, Tulane School of Medicine has established the Tulane Healthcare Providers Fund. The fund is flexible enough to respond to the evolving situation. “The needs are changing so quickly,” says Dr. Kendra Harris, MD, MSc,...
Tulane offers special scholarships to returning Peace Corps volunteers and U.S. Fulbright Scholars - Mar 26, 2020
Tulane University is announcing a special initiative to make graduate study more accessible to U.S. Peace Corps volunteers (PCVs) and Fulbright student grantees called back from international placements because of concerns over the spread of COVID-19. As a university with a strong tradition of public service and global studies, Tulane is offering tuition scholarships of up to 50 percent toward the entire cost of degree programs of particular...
Tulane medical students coordinate donations of protective gear for hospitals - Mar 25, 2020
In an effort to collect needed supplies for healthcare workers, students from Tulane School of Medicine’s student community clinics rallied together and overnight built a regional donation hub to collect personal protective equipment (PPE).   The School of Medicine is now accepting contributions of several types of PPE and supplies to be distributed at Tulane hospitals and clinics and other facilities. The school has already received several...
Dean Hamm: We Are Not Powerless - Mar 25, 2020
Dear New Orleans and surrounding communities, With so much anxiety in the community about COVID-19 right now, we must remember that we are not powerless in the face of this situation. At Tulane University School of Medicine, we have incredible clinicians and scientists, and we are guided by some of the best experts in the world. All of our hospitals and clinics are approaching this situation so that potential exposure to providers and all of the...
Tulane National Primate Research Center on Frontlines of COVID-19 Research - Mar 25, 2020
Researchers at the Tulane National Primate Research Center (TNPRC) are working to discover safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. Earlier this year, TNPRC had the distinction of becoming one of the first research facilities in the country to obtain approval from the Centers for Disease Control to receive live samples of the novel coronavirus. Center Director Jay Rappaport, PhD, said TNPRC is the only National Primate Research...