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For 35 years, Biochemistry functioned as a division of Chemistry and/or Internal
Medicine, but was
organized as a Department of the College of Medicine in 1948. Today, the Department of Biochemistry is one of five basic science departments in the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine at The University of Iowa. Excellent research facilities and a research-oriented faculty allow our department to offer broadly based programs of undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate study.
The Biochemistry faculty is a community of 40 members: 25 primary and secondary faculty members, six adjunct appointees, and nine faculty emeriti. The faculty supervise research in biochemistry, molecular, cellular, developmental, computational and structural biology, and model system genetics. Research is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and other sources. Total research funding for primary members of the department recently exceeded $7 million per year. The department is four years into a multi-year expansion which has resulted in hiring nine new primary appointees.
The Biochemistry Undergraduate Program is focused on students as individuals. The program is
designed to develop creative researchers, effective physicians and
health professionals, and superb teachers. Students acquire a thorough
and diverse background in contemporary biochemistry, utilize excellent
research facilities, and are taught by a research-oriented faculty. All
Bachelor of Science and honors students and many Bachelor of Arts
students engage in one-on-one research with faculty members.
The Biochemistry Graduate Program is within the Carver College of Medicine.
Although the department is primarily housed on a single floor within
the Bowen Science Building, several laboratories are also located in the
adjacent 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 & Cell Biology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, and Physiology
& Biophysics. Researchers in all departments benefit from shared core facilities.
Biochemistry Postdoctoral Fellows are an integral part of the research environment in the department. Each fellow plays an important role in our research mission. Fellows
help supervise graduate and undergraduate students, present at the
Annual Retreat and weekly workshop series, and meet with seminar speakers.