About Biological Chemistry

The Biological Chemistry groups in the department use the principles of chemistry to develop a deeper understanding of biological processes. Their research covers (among others) the investigation of the mechanism of mutagenesis and repair of DNA damage derived from gamma radiation, oxidation, and environmental pollutants; the synthesis of bioactive small molecules that affect cell migration, the study of the molecular mechanism of action of antimigratory compounds and protein-small molecule interactions; the modulation of protein-carbohydrate interactions; and the development of biomarkers for early cancer detection.

Graduate courses in the division include CHEM 5360 (Biological Chemistry I) and CHEM 5361 (Biological Chemistry II). Students also take additional courses related to their research project. Other courses are available through the other divisions within the Chemistry Department as well as the Pharmacy and Molecular & Cell Biology Departments.