Department of biochemistry and Molecular biology

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Chair's Welcome

Philip Howe, PhD

Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at MUSC.

Since its creation in 1969, the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has been committed to the investigation of exciting problems in the biological sciences and to the training of future scientists through a broad and intensive graduate program. At present, the Department employs over 150 individuals including 37 full-time faculty members, their co-workers and supportive secretarial and business staff. The following research areas are represented in the activities of the departmental investigators: gene structure and function, gene regulation, molecular evolution, molecular basis of cancer chemotherapy, the kinin system and vascular pathophysiology, RNA structure and function, molecular toxicology, signal transduction, lipid second messengers, lipid synthesis, lipid biochemistry and metabolism, hormone structure fuction, molecular spectroscopy and enzyme dynamics, biochemical genetics, structure of glycoproteins and the biochemistry of reproduction, vision and aging. Multidisciplinary approaches are being applied in most of these research areas, thus providing graduate students with numerous opportunities to obtain a versatile training in modern molecular biology and biochemistry.  Among the agencies that provide research support to the Department are the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, SC EPSCoR, and the American Cancer Society as well as industrial firms such as Glaxo-Wellcome, Merck and Company and many more.


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