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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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Tulane receives $2 million to decipher why some asthmatics are highly sensitive to fungi - Jun 17, 2020
The spores that live on everything from carpets to ceiling tiles can cause a severe reaction among the large group of asthmatics who demonstrate sensitivity to fungi.  A new Tulane University study aims to discover why this certain group of asthmatics experiences worse asthma, characterized by lower lung function and a more severe allergic reactions, when compared to asthmatics who react to other irritants.   The study is being led by Chad...
School of Medicine unites against racism, police brutality - Jun 15, 2020
On Thursday, hundreds of Tulane School of Medicine and LSU School of Medicine faculty,  researchers and students, as well as essential personnel from nearby hospitals, united in a peaceful protest against police brutality and racism.   They gathered on Tulane Avenue to listen to powerful experiences with racism and to observe a moment of silence for all African Americans who have experienced racially motivated injustices.   Third-...
School of Medicine holds peaceful protest in support of black lives - Jun 15, 2020
On Thursday, hundreds of Tulane School of Medicine and LSU School of Medicine faculty,  researchers and students, as well as essential personnel from nearby hospitals, united in a peaceful protest against police brutality and racism. Photos by Sally Asher and Paula Burch-Celentano.
The meeting of a lifetime: How two Tulanians forged a life and lasting legacy together - Jun 15, 2020
The chance meeting of a pair of Tulane University students at a medical school fraternity party almost 75 years ago led to a life filled with family, service and a lasting legacy that will continue at Tulane for years to come. Barely into her first week at Tulane in the fall of 1946, Lenore Benson Raborn (SW `47) met Robert Raborn (M `48, R `52). The two fell in love, were married for 52 years and raised three children- Richard, Robin and Doug....
Tulane receives $1 million gift from Elana Amsterdam and Rob Katz to expand COVID-19 testing - Jun 08, 2020
Tulane University has received a $1 million gift from Elana Amsterdam and her husband Rob Katz to significantly expand its molecular pathology lab to increase COVID-19 testing capacity within the region. The funding will enable Tulane University School of Medicine to purchase new equipment and hire additional full-time staff to ramp up capacity to process up to 1,000 COVID-19 tests per day at its downtown lab. The facility can...