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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 associate dean elected as a fellow of Royal College of Physicians of London - Sep 19, 2019
Marc Kahn, MD, MBA, Peterman-Prosser Professor and senior associate dean at the Tulane University School of Medicine, has been elected to the fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of London (RCP London). Founded in 1518 by a royal charter from King Henry VIII, the RCP is the oldest medical college in England. Fellowship in the college is a prestigious accolade; fellows assist with the RCP’s objective of shaping public health by promoting...
Cancer cells turn to cannibalism to survive chemotherapy - Sep 18, 2019
Researchers from Tulane University School of Medicine have discovered that some cancer cells survive chemotherapy by eating their neighboring tumor cells. The study, which was published in the Journal of Cell Biology, suggests that this act of cannibalism provides these cancer cells with the energy they need to stay alive and initiate tumor relapse after the course of treatment is completed. Chemotherapy drugs such as doxorubicin kill cancer...
Tulane University student spends summer conducting brain tumor research in Switzerland - Sep 17, 2019
Tulane University senior James Rogers has been charting a course in the name of research since he arrived on campus in the fall of 2016. Rogers’ journey has led him from New Orleans to Bethesda, Md., across the Atlantic to Scotland and, most recently, Switzerland, where he spent the summer as a visiting research scholar in the Brain Tumor Center at the University Hospital Zürich (USZ).   Rogers’ clinical research focused on the role of...
Tulane Cancer Center to Host Free Prostate Cancer Seminar - Sep 12, 2019
Dr. Oliver Sartor will provide a Prostate Cancer Seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m. in the first-floor conference room of the Louisiana Cancer Research Center, 1700 Tulane Ave. (corner of Tulane and S. Claiborne).  Light refreshments will be served, and complimentary parking is available in the building’s garage, accessible from S. Derbigny St.  Dr. Sartor, one of the few medical oncologists in the world focused on prostate cancer and...
School of Medicine alumnus wins prestigious Lasker Award for immunology research - Sep 11, 2019
Pioneering immunology researcher Max Cooper,MD, a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine, has been named a co-recipient of the 2019 Lasker medical research award, one of the highest biomedical research honors in America. Cooper, a professor at Emory University, and Jacques Miller, PhD from The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research received the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for their discovery of the two...