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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

Fulbright Scholar Rida Iftikhar Wants to Make a Difference for the People of Pakistan - Nov 22, 2019
After five years of medical training, Rida Iftikhar earned an MPhil in Histology and published a first-author paper (2016) while working as a surgical pathologist at the Army Medical College in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. However, she wanted to make a broader impact in her field by developing cost-efficient, scalable techniques for cancer diagnostics that could be accessible to outpatient facilities throughout Pakistan. Rida realized that she would...
Fulbright Scholar Travels 8700 Miles from Zimbabwe for a Biomedical Sciences PhD at Tulane - Nov 21, 2019
Benjamin Bhunu was looking for opportunities to study abroad after graduating with a first-class honors degree in biochemistry from the University of Zimbabwe, located in the capital city, Harare. In the year after he graduated, he visited the EducationUSA Advising Center, sponsored by the US Embassy. There he learned about the Fulbright program and began the arduous 18-month selection process that brought him to the Tulane Graduate Program in...
Tulane Medicine alumna gives lecture on living a significant life - Nov 13, 2019
Tulane alumna Sophia Omoro, MD, challenged her audience to dedicate their lives to actions more than results, at a talk Wednesday, Nov. 6, sponsored by the Tulane Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS).  Her lecture, titled “How Significant Are You?” advised the audience to discover “what you were brought into existence to do – not be” as the key to living a significant life. Omoro, a native of Kenya who graduated from...
Human impact on the Mississippi River region, planet is subject of Tulane conference - Oct 31, 2019
The New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University will host an international gathering Nov. 10-16 devoted to the human impact on and around the Mississippi River region basin and the planet. "Anthropocene River Campus: The Human Delta" is the culmination of a year-long study of the Mississippi River related to such key themes as flow of commodities, river engineering and evolutionary stability, and claims to property and access. The...
Study finds topsoil is key harbinger of lead exposure risks for children - Oct 14, 2019
Tracking lead levels in soil over time is critical for cities to determine lead contamination risks for their youngest and most vulnerable residents, according to a new Tulane University study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  The study, which focuses on New Orleans but could serve as a model for cities around the world, is the first to show how long-term changes in soil lead levels have a corresponding impact in...