Welcome to the Division of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology within the Department of Biological Sciences at Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College. Our diverse faculty and student group combines the best aspects of chemistry and biology to address the most interesting and important scientific questions of our time. Areas of current research include, but are not limited to, analysis of structure and function of complex carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and proteins; characterization of enzymes and their reaction mechanisms; intermediary metabolism in animals and microorganisms; nutritional biochemistry; physical biochemistry; molecular biology of mammalian viruses; DNA repair; genetic engineering of disease resistance in plants and animals; tumor immunology; and organelle biogenesis.
From biophysics to molecular biology, biochemistry is "where it's at" for the 21st century. Maybe you've heard of PCR or the flavor-saver tomato. Or recombinant insulin, transgenic mice, and new AIDS therapies. And what's this about cloning a sheep?? Well, all these spectacular new technologies have their roots in biochemistry. And it all starts with basic research. That's where we come in. At LSU, our outstanding group of biochemists is dissecting life at the molecular level. How do algae concentrate CO2 for photosynthesis? What structures do RNA molecules adopt in solution? What does the key glycolytic enzyme PFK look like? How is protein synthesis regulated as the ribosomal subunits join? How do plants keep their roots white and leaves green? How does nucleolin influence rRNA biogenesis? Got any more questions? Well, we do! The mysteries of life are seemingly boundless. If you're interested in tackling some of them, read on through these pages. And if you like what you see, get in touch!
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Programs of Study
The Degree Program in Biochemistry offers exceptional training leading to the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees. These programs are designed to develop students for professional careers in biochemical research and teaching. For admission to the doctoral program, students must have thorough preparation in general, analytical, physical, and organic chemistry and in life sciences. Deficiencies in these areas may be corrected by taking appropriate undergraduate courses concurrent with graduate study in biochemistry. Doctoral programs are planned on an individual basis by the student, his or her major professor, and the committee appointed to advise the student. Students begin research rotations in professors' laboratories during the first year and complete three rotations in different laboratories by the end of the spring semester. Course work is integrated with this research experience, and a major professor is chosen in May of the first year. Five to six years are usually required to complete all requirements for the Ph.D. Formal graduate training is supplemented by seminars sponsored by the department and by the Agriculture and Life Science Colloquiums or other closely affiliated departments. In addition, local chapters of various scientific organizations provide special programs and seminars valuable to the training of graduate students. Noted scientists from both the United States and abroad are featured speakers at these events.
Visit our Graduate Studies pages for information on applying to our program.