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The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Indiana University School of Medicine comprises a vibrant community of talented scientists and educators. Research within the department is focused on uncovering the mechanisms of fundamental biological processes and the molecular bases of critical health problems including diabetes, cancer, neurological disorders, infectious diseases, immunological disorders, cardiovascular malfunctions and alcoholism. Students and faculty in this department thrive in a friendly scientific environment that is fundamentally based on intra- and- inter-departmental collaboration.

Education

Education

Department faculty teach and mentor medical students as well as graduate students and fellows conducting postdoctoral research. The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology prepares learners for successful careers in modern biomedical sciences through enriching medical school courses and MS and PhD graduate programs.
Research

Research

Most of the department’s tenure-track faculty members are involved in well-funded and productive multi-department research. These investigators benefit from modern research facilities and advanced instrumentation as well as close affiliation with IU School of Medicine’s research centers.
Faculty

Faculty

Department faculty are among the leading medical researchers nationwide studying the biochemical and molecular basis of cancer, diabetes and obesity, neurological disorders, infectious diseases, cardiovascular malfunctions, and alcoholism. Many are working collaboratively as part of the school’s major research centers.
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Tenure-Track Faculty
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Research-track Faculty
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Graduate Students
Clark D. Wells, PhD

Clark D. Wells, PhD

Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
The Wells Lab investigates early changes in cell behavior that contribute to the initiation of breast and brain cancer.
Howard J. Edenberg, PhD

Howard J. Edenberg, PhD

Distinguished Professor
The Edenberg Lab focuses on the genetics and genomics of alcoholism, bipolar disorder and other complex diseases.

Exploring Critical Disease States

The faculty in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are vigorously engaged in research focused on understanding the biochemical and molecular bases of fundamentally important biological processes. Faculty and students in this department are working at the forefront of research to probe the molecular mechanisms of cancer, diabetes and obesity, neurological disorders, infectious diseases, and alcoholism.

Graduate Degree Programs

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology offers graduate-level education programs leading to a Master’s or PhD degree. The Master’s degree program (11 months) gives participants the understanding and skills needed for employment in biomedical sciences, industry or academics—or advanced study. The PhD program (five years) prepares graduates for successful careers in academic research and teaching or in the business and industry side of bioscience.

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