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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine


Kit S. Lam, MD, PhD, Professor and Department Chair
Dr. Lam is an international leader in cancer therapeutics and a founder of the field of combinatorial chemistry.



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The Oak Park Research Center is a 40,000-square-foot research building (photo on Left) and home of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Medicine and the Center for Biophotonics. The Health Sciences District on the Davis campus is home to Tupper Hall (photo on Right), where many of the medical school’s basic science departments are located; Carlson Medical Library; and the Genome (photo in middle) and Biomedical Sciences building where researchers are studying genes that influence human health and development.


Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

Our Mission is to conduct world-class research in biochemistry and molecular medicine. To excel in undergraduate, graduate and medical education, and to serve the university through leadership in forums committed to graduate and professional school admissions and curriculum.


The research interests of the departmental faculty are focused in the fundamental molecular aspects of cell biology, gene expression, cancer biology, membrane biology, glycobiology, neurobiology, muscle physiology, human genetics, chemical and structural biology, molecular imaging and drug development. In addition to innovative research activities, faculty are involved in the teaching and training of medical and doctoral students.


At the Davis Campus, the department maintains laboratories at Tupper Hall, the Genome Building and in the Department of Chemistry. At the Sacramento Campus, the department maintains laboratories at the Oak Park Research Building, Research I and III Buildings, and the MIND Institute.


The department’s primary research funding comes from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and a wide variety of Private agencies. .


The department’s teaching focus includes, Lower Division courses, Graduate courses, and Professional courses for medical students.


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