Biochemistry Department (320x240)
Verna and Marrs McLean Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The Verna and Marrs McLean Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is a center for research in the life sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. Our growing department is home to 33 faculty and associated faculty, 48 graduate students, 25 postdoctoral fellows and numerous technical and administrative staff.

This dynamic research community has associated faculty in the Departments of Molecular and Human Genetics, Virology and Microbiology, Medicine, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Ophthalmology, Neuroscience, and Pharmacology.

We are in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, allowing us to be a vital part of regional collaborations such as National Center for Macromolecular Imaging, Functional Genomics of Dictyostelium as well as the newly established Cell-Based Assay Screening Service Facility, and The W.M. Keck Center for Interdisciplinary Bioscience Training.  

We have access to over 26 core facilities staffed by faculty level academic directors, core directors and dedicated research technicians with highly specialized expertise in the technologies provided. A range of research support services is provided such as access to shared instrumentation, analysis of research samples provided by investigators and experiments with core personnel performing specialized portions of the project. In addition to technical procedures, cores provide consultation on experimental design, data analysis, and training.

Graduate Program

Thanks to our graduate program and extensive resources, our graduate students are at the forefront of scientific discovery—from structure at the molecular level to systems biology and transgenics. Backed by well-equipped labs and supportive faculty our graduate students are preparing for success in research, education and industry.