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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 Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility (MERF), and the new Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building (PBDB). Laboratories 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 25 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.
The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is one of the nation’s largest university-owned teaching hospitals and ranks in the top ten in funding for public medical schools.
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The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, a safe and friendly Midwestern city with an abundance of cultural and recreational opportunities. Its popular pedestrian mall with unique shops, restaurants, and live music reflects the city's cosmopolitan atmosphere. The University's renowned Hancher Performing Arts Series attracts Broadway shows and internationally recognized music and dance performances, and in 2008, Iowa City was designated as a UNESCO City of Literature. Sports enthusiasts enjoy being at a Big Ten University with opportunities to attend college football, basketball, and other athletic events. The University's state of the art recreation center opened in 2010.