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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


Biochemistry involves the study of the structure, properties, and reactions of biomolecules and their importance in living systems. This includes the study of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and enzymes. and Carbon compounds are also the foundation of the many natural and synthetic materials that we depend on as a society and individually, such as pharmaceutical products (medicines), energy (petroleum based products), clothing (wool, cotton, nylon, polyester), and plastics and polymers (PVC, synthetic rubber, carbon fiber reinforced plastics).

Biochemistry Faculty
Name Rank
Cory L. Brooks, Ph.D. Associate Professor
Laurent Dejean, Ph.D. Associate Professor
Joy J. Goto, Ph.D. Professor
Howard K. Ono, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus
Helen J. Gigliotti, Ph.D. Professor Emerita

The biochemistry faculty are responsible for teaching the following department courses in biochemistry as well as general chemistry courses.

Biochemistry Courses
Course Number Course Name
CHEM 3B Introductory Organic and Biochemistry
CHEM 150 General Biochemistry
CHEM 155A Fundamentals of Biochemistry
CHEM 155B Physiological Chemistry and Metabolism
CHEM 156 Biochemical Laboratory Techniques
BIOL/CHEM 241AB Molecular Biology
BIOL/CHEM 242 Techniques in Protein Purification and Analysis
BIOL/CHEM 243 Nucleic Acid Technology Lab