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The department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics is committed to understanding the molecular mechanisms of metabolic diseases and cancer; developing novel strategies in biocatalysis and biotechnology; and advancing knowledge through structural biology and molecular biophysics. Please enjoy a collection of news, features and opportunities for and about BMBB.

What Lies Beneath

Disrupting bacteria’s communication pathways may thwart costly infrastructure decay just beneath the surface in harbors worldwide.

Duluth-Superior Harbor

Hundreds gather in the Duluth-Superior harbor for the lunchtime show. There’s no standup routine or street performance. Instead a slowly rising lift bridge and a loaded barge.

Failure to Communicate

“Silencing” bacteria may give scientists an antibiotic-free route to controlling infections and balancing the microbiome.

Mikael Elias

Seeking a Clearer Picture of an Elusive Enzyme

A new technology offers researchers the chance to decode the structural makeup of methane’s conversion to methanol.

Jason and Rahul
Jason Jones (pictured left) and Dr. Rahul Banerjee (pictured right) at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center

Building Classroom Confidence

New study looks at ways to improve student success for non-native English speakers.

Beverly Smith-Keiling

For students whose first language is not English, understanding some of the complexities of subject matter in college courses can be challenging. But a recent study points to a few key ways instructors can help build confidence for Asian English language learners.

Chen Receives NSF Early-Career Award

BMBB faculty member uses innovative approach to proteomics to study cellular signaling pathway.

Yue Chen

Yue Chen, an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Development, received an

Meet Michael Lopresti

Michael Lopresti

Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics

Faculty advisor:  Doug Mashek

Where did you get your undergraduate degree?
University of Maryland - Baltimore County

What does your research focus on?
Autophagic breakdown of lipid droplets and general lipid metabolism