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The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at UAB is comprised of scientists focused on cutting-edge research and discovery. To accomplish their research goals, our faculty deploy a diverse range of experimental and analytical technologies, including NMR, mass spectrometry, crystallography, genetic analyses, genomics, and enzymology.

Our faculty are housed in the Shelby Multidisciplinary Biomedical Research Building, the McCallum Basic Health Sciences Building, and the Kaul Human Genetics Building. Being centrally located in the UAB Health Sciences complex provides unique opportunities for collaborative research with many other basic and clinical investigators.

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics has assembled a diverse faculty of scientists focused on cutting-edge research and discovery. Areas of research include:

Cancer Biology

Sanjib BanerjeeTom BrokerLouise ChowKejin HuNatalia KedishviliRama KrishnaWill PlaczekDavid Schneider, Xinyang Zhao

Chromatin and Epigenetic Regulation

Igor ChesnokovKejin HuTom RyanTim Townes, Hengbin WangRui ZhaoXinyang Zhao

Metabolism and Signaling

David BedwellNatalia Kedishvili, Kirill PopovDavid Schneider, Xinyang Zhao

Post-transcriptional Control of Gene Expression

David Bedwell, Ching-Yi ChenPeter DetloffKim Keeling, Matt Renfrow, Hengbin WangRui ZhaoXinyang Zhao

Transcriptional Control of Gene Expression

Kejin HuTom RyanDavid SchneiderTim Townes, Hengbin Wang

Structural Biology

Champion DeivanayagamGabriel ElgavishRama KrishnaChad PetitWill Placzek, Matt Renfrow, Dmitry Vassylyev

DNA Synthesis & Repair

Sanjib BanerjeeTom BrokerJill Butler NapieralaIgor ChesnokovLouise ChowPat Higgins, Marek Napierala

Disease Mechanisms

David Bedwell, Jill Butler Napierala, Ching-Yi Chen, Igor Chesnokov, Peter DetloffNatalia KedishviliKim KeelingMarek NapieralaMatt RenfrowTom RyanTim TownesRui Zhao

"The ultimate aim of the modern movement in biology is in fact to explain all biology in terms of physics and chemistry." – Francis Crick (1966) Of Molecules and Men.