Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
We further basic science knowledge at biochemical and molecular levels that is relevant to public health.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Headlines
BMB Celebrated the Inaugural Roger L. McMacken Jr. Lecture
Professor James Berger's lecture, "Building a DNA Copying Machine (Instructions Not Included)," capped off an event that included remarks from Roger McMacken's family and former students, and the 2022 McMacken Scholars.
BMB Celebrates 2022 Award Recipients
Research and discovery in our department is driven by our PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, which is why every year the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department presents awards that recognize outstanding trainees.
Celebrated cancer researcher Chi Van Dang joins Johns Hopkins
The alumnus and former faculty member of the School of Medicine has been named the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of cancer medicine
What We Do in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Our Department strives to increase knowledge of cellular processes—normal and abnormal—at biochemical and molecular levels. We train highly qualified scientists who, through research, teaching, and service, continue to provide new insights into biomedical issues with a profound impact on public health.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Highlights
In 1917, we were the Department of Chemical Hygiene—our name has changed but not our drive for cutting-edge research.
Basic lab science with a public health perspective
Our research labs are uncovering the fundamental biochemical and molecular mechanisms at the foundations of health.
Teaching and training focus
We are committed to providing our students with training and mentoring so they can excel in a challenging but supportive environment.
From Cancer to CRISPR
Our faculty research—and teach—diverse topics across the breadth of biochemistry and molecular biology.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Programs
As a basic research department within the #1 public health school, the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology thrives at a unique intersection of basic science, medicine, and public health.
We offer a doctoral and two master’s degree programs. We are also part of an online interdepartmental Master of Arts in Public Health Biology.
Master of Science (ScM)
A two-year program providing training in cellular and molecular biology, blending coursework in the first year with extensive lab research experience
Master of Health Science (MHS)
MHS program focused on cellular and molecular biology at the intersection of biology, medicine, and public health, preparing students for a wide range of careers
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Our students are immersed in cutting-edge research in biochemistry and molecular biology, providing insights into biomedical issues impacting public health
Ashi Weeraratna, PhD,
studies how cancer cells move to distant sites and how changes in the normal cells around a tumor contribute to their movement, especially as we age.
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