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The Department of Biochemistry is within the Carver College of Medicine. Although the department is primarily housed on a single floor within the Bowen Science Building (BSB), several laboratories are also located in the adjacent new Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility (MERF). Laboratories in both locations are spacious and interconnected, allowing for frequent interactions and easy use of shared equipment. Bowen Science Building also houses the basic science departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, and Physiology and Biophysics. Researchers in all departments benefit from shared core facilities.
The Biochemistry Department, which was organized in 1948, consists of 26 research-active primary and secondary faculty members who have received national and international recognition. The faculty supervise post-doctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates in active research programs that are well supported by grants from the NIH, NSF, ACS, AHA, and other agencies. In the 2009 federal fiscal year, the department's $8.8 million in NIH funding earned it a ranking of 20 among U.S. medical school departments of biochemistry (2nd in the Big Ten). Graduate alumni are making substantial contributions in industry and academia.
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