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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.

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

Meet Amber St. Martin

Amber St. Martin

Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics

Faculty advisor: Reuben Harris

Where did you get your undergraduate degree and what was your major?  
St. Thomas University, Biochemistry

What does your research focus on?
Genome engineering

Meet Elizabeth Thompson

Elizabeth Thompson


Graduate Program: Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics

Faculty advisors: Eric Hendrickson & Jakub Tolar

Where did you get your undergraduate degree and what was your major?  
Purdue University, Genetics

Meet Ambuj Upadhyay

Ambuj Upadhyay

Graduate Program: Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics

Faculty advisor: Michael O’Connor

Where did you get your undergraduate degree and what was your major?  
University of Florida, Zoology

Harmful Turned Harmless

Mikael Elias and colleagues engineer an enzyme that rapidly neutralizes the toxicity of common pesticides and herbicides.

Mikael Elias in his lab

Mikael Elias in his lab in St. Paul.

Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair

Students are invited to meet Bomedical Sciences Graduate Schools & Program representatives from through a live virtual fair on October 3.

More information on registration and participating organizations can be found here