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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

Gift creates learning center for first-year students at Tulane School of Medicine - Aug 18, 2020
A gift of $1 million has created the Leone Learning Center at Tulane University School of Medicine, which recently opened to educate the next generation of medical professionals. The center is named for Cheryl Levine Leone, MD, and her husband, Philip Leone, MD, who met when they were both students at Tulane. “Cheryl and Philip Leone often tell of the profound impact a Tulane education had on their lives and careers. Now, their generosity is...
School of Medicine faculty, staff stayed on the job for COVID-19 crisis - Aug 17, 2020
Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers have been praised for treating an influx of sick patients and for keeping hospitals running as the crisis unfolded. At Tulane School of Medicine, the majority of faculty members, staff, residents and researchers, as well as some medical students, never left campus. They kept working through the early days of the shutdown, following an evolving set of guidelines on safe practices to...
New medical students put their best faces forward - Aug 12, 2020
Orientation for medical students is typically a whirlwind of learning the new spaces and faces that will be an important part of their four-year journey to becoming physicians. Yet, recognizing new faces can be a challenge when everyone is wearing a mask as part of COVID-19 safety measures. That’s why this year’s incoming class, the Class of 2024, will be sporting a new kind of identity badge in the halls of the medical school — large lanyards...
CDC awards grant to Tulane researchers studying COVID-19 - Aug 05, 2020
SARS-CoV-2 can affect people in a number of different ways, from an absence of symptoms to major complications, even death. The Centers for Disease Control recently awarded $700,000 to a Tulane University team of researchers who are studying how the virus works and where and when it is shed. What they find could help explain why COVID-19 is causing higher death rates among Black and Hispanic residents of New Orleans. In Orleans Parish, more than...
Dr. Victor J. Thannickal named to lead Deming Department of Medicine - Jul 27, 2020
Victor J. Thannickal, MD, will be named The Harry B. Greenberg Chair in Tulane University School of Medicine’s John W. Deming Department of Medicine. He joins the university in January 2021. Thannickal is a professor of medicine and pathology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB); the Ben Vaughan Branscomb Chair of Medicine in Respiratory Disease; director of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care; and vice chair for...