Welcome to the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major Website
This interdisciplinary major, jointly offered by the Departments of Biology and Chemistry, provides a strong foundation in biological chemistry and molecular biology, and related topics at the interface of these two disciplines. The major is designed to build conceptual understanding and practical and critical thinking skills to address current biological, biochemical, and biomedical challenges. A required research experience, culminating in a senior project, will give students strong experimental skills and provide insight into the experimental approaches and results that demonstrate the function of biological molecules.
If you crave a complete change of scenery from the Quad’s Georgian architecture, grab your scientific calculator and safety goggles and hop on a shuttle bound for Wake Downtown — an extension of our campus in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.
Innovation on Tradition– To learn more, click the “Wake Downtown” link below.
The National Science Foundation recently awarded a $680,000 grant to Wake Forest University Associate Professor of Chemistry Patricia Dos Santos. In addition to funding research that helps scientists better understand life on earth, the grant also enables her to mentor students from other Triad-area colleges.
The National Science Foundation awarded $900,000 to an interdisciplinary group led by Dr. Gloria Muday examining how hormones affect growth and development of the roots of Arabidopsis thaliana, which is a genetic model used to provide insight into other plants.
The basic principles of chemistry can be learned using everyday items you can find in the kitchen. Dancing popcorn, a jelly bean taste-test, and a colorful lemon volcano are part of the fun and the curriculum for Comstock-Ferguson’s advanced chemistry class community outreach project.
It’s very different from other courses offered by the Chemistry Department. It’s cool to learn about food science. I enjoy cooking but learning the science behind cooking is different than just following the directions.
The epigenome is the software of Life. All the cells in your body contain the same hardware, or DNA sequence. We’re different because we contain different transcriptional programs, or epigenomes. Different software will program the same hardware into a different thing.
Ke Zhang, Biology professor and BMB faculty member
Dr. Zhang’s research on Epigenetics and the Epigenome provides interesting insights into clinical research. Read more below at the OG & B website.
Matthew Fuxjager is a biologist and BMB faculty member whose research program overall is quite integrative, combining concepts and techniques from the fields of biochemistry, physiology, neurobiology, ethology, and evolution. He studies the physiological mechanisms of complex social behavior and how evolution shapes these mechanisms to influence species variation in social traits.
Patricia Dos Santos, Professor of Chemistry and BMB was recently a featured Faculty member in “Breakthroughs” in Wake Forest Magazine.
Patricia Dos Santos is the Director of Graduate Studies in the Chemistry department. She received the University’s Award for Excellence in Research in 2013.
We are experiencing a very exciting moment in microbial biochemistry. The recent advances in genome sequencing and rapid progress of microbiome projects have led investigators to start uncovering the amazing diversity of bacteria across different environments. We have grasped just a small fraction of the importance of microbes in human health.