The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is an established basic science department that plays a major role in the research and education missions of Thomas Jefferson University. The overall goal of the Department is to make basic and translational discoveries that impact our understanding of the biological sciences and human health and to train the researchers, educators and health care professionals of the future.
The Department’s research programs cover a diverse range of areas from cell signaling, transcription and programmed cell death to understanding diseases such as cancer, neurodegeneration and AIDS. Areas of particular strength include cell signaling and receptor biology, protein trafficking, DNA replication and repair, transcription and translation, protein and nucleic acid structure and function, and mechanisms involved in disease. The Department also coordinates several major areas of education including the Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology PhD program in the Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences and the training of first-year medical students in the Jefferson Medical College and first-year pharmacy students in the Jefferson College of Pharmacy.