The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is a basic science department in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). UAMS is the only medical school in the state. The primary objectives of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are to perform research in biochemistry and molecular biology, to educate and train graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for careers in research and teaching, and to provide high-quality education to medical students in modern biochemistry and molecular biology. The department offers courses and training leading to the Ph.D. degree in biochemistry and molecular biology, as well as the Master of Science degree. Because the techniques of biochemistry and molecular biology are applicable and necessary for advances in all basic research disciplines, an important goal of the department is to develop and practice “state-of-the-art” science and research in biochemistry and molecular biology.
The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, along with the UAMS campus in general, has experienced considerable growth in the last few years. The Department has 18 primary faculty members, and 5 faculty members with secondary appointments. Currently, 12 Ph.D. students, 5 M.D./Ph.D., and 2 M.S. students are enrolled in our program.
The Department, together with other basic science departments including the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, the Department of Cell Biology and Neurobiology, and the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, occupies the Biomedical Research Center, a modern and well-equipped research facility. The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is located on the fourth floor and encompasses about 20,000 square feet of research space.