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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Most enzymes spend their lives breaking down proteins to benefit their host organisms, so East Carolina University biochemist Lance Bridges has an apt description for one he’s investigating that apparently does nothing.

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Early Honor: Researcher receives award for lipid research

Dr. S. Raza Shaikh, a biochemist at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, was recognized recently for his research involving omega-3 fatty acids and the body’s immune system.

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Achievement: Renu G. Jain, Ph.D. Biochemistry recognized as one of “The 100 Incredible ECU Women”

The East Carolina University Women’s Roundtable (Kay H. Chalk, Chair, Nancy L. Ballard Honorary Chair) honored 100 women recognized by their peers as outstanding leaders who have brought honor to the university as well as themselves. The event celebrates the importance of women in the founding and history of ECU and encourages the continuation of women in leadership.

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Biochemistry is the study of the molecular basis of cellular function. It has evolved into the common language for translating the advances of molecular biology into cellular and chemical terms. In the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, we study a broad range of cellular activities, from gene transcription to the structure and function of proteins, DNA, RNA, and lipid membranes. Like all biologists, we attempt to correlate structure with function, but at a molecular level of detail, defining not only the structures that govern function, but also the chemical reactions involved.

The field of biochemistry brings together the areas of molecular genetics, cell biology, and each of these headings can be further subdivided into the classical areas of enzymology; structure and function of nucleic acid proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids; metabolism; and biogenetics.

Our faculty provides students and postdoctoral fellows with a research experience aimed at understanding fundamental mechanisms and the structural basis of cellular processes. The advances of the next decade will rely on a blend of structural biology, molecular biology, and molecular genetics. We integrate these fields on topics that span from regulation of gene expression and chromatin structure, to cell signaling, cell cycle control, RNA, and protein structure and function, and receptor-ligand or enzyme-substrate interactions. We utilize prokaryotic, nematode, and mammalian model systems and incorporate advanced genomics and proteomics approaches and instrumentation. We encourage you to contact us and visit our website and state of the art facilities, and learn more about research programs and graduate education.

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Science is always evolving, so, too is the department of biochemistry and molecular biology. A variety of laboratories and diverse faculty allow collaboration and networking of the best kind.

Understanding the microscopic universe is at the forefront of science, resulting in scientific breakthroughs.

Earning your Ph.D. or M.S. with us allows you the opportunity to conduct your own research... establishing your presence in the scientific field.

Examine our website or contact us directly to learn more.

Dr. Brett Keiper, Associate Professor Graduate Program Committee Chairman

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