About Our Department

The Facilities

Most of the Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics faculty is located in the nine-story McCallum Basic Health Sciences Building and the Hugh Kaul Human Genetics Building, both situated in the heart of the UAB campus.

These centers complement research centers located throughout campus. Our department boasts of more than 50,000 square feet of modern, well-equipped laboratory space. Department facilities include a state-of-the-art fermentation facility, oligonucleotide and peptide synthesizing cores, a 600 MHz NMR core, a mass spectroscopy lab, a monoclonal antibody lab, and a molecular biology core.

The Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences on the UAB campus has a collection of approximately 106,000 volumes of books and journals with subscriptions to 2,740 journals. Also nearby is UAB's 1,150,000 volume Mervyn Sterne Library.


The Faculty

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics has assembled a faculty of noted scientists intensely committed to their students. They are dedicated to quality education and are enthusiastically focused on cutting-edge research and discovery. Under their watchful eye, students learn to think creatively and work independently.

The faculty's diverse research interests give solid breadth to our department. Research programs include Drosophilia development, yeast genetics and transcription, genetic engineering of transgenic mice, RNA processing, glycobiology, enzymology, thermodynamics, macromolecular structure and metabolism. Faculty members are also associated with a number of large research centers including the Multipurpose Arthritis Center, Comprehensive Cancer Center, AIDS Center, Cystic Fibrosis Research Center, Neurosciences Program, Macromolecular Crystallography Center and Atherosclerosis Research Unit.

One primary indicator of a superior staff is the extent of outside funding the department receives. UAB ranks among the top public institutions in terms of research and training awards from the National Institutes of Health. In addition to funds from the State of Alabama, the members of the Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics faculty receive a total of $7 million in outside investigator-initiated grants.

"No facts are to me sacred; none profane; I simply experiment, an endless seeker, with no past at my back." --Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 -1882)