Research in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at USU encompasses diverse interests and employs a wide variety of approaches, experimental systems, and techniques. Driving our research is the desire to understand how biological molecules interact to orchestrate highly complex cellular processes.
The diverse environment in the department provides a broad spectrum of expertise that benefits everyone. Research programs include investigations on sphingolipid metabolism, human multi-drug transporters, unusual metalloenzymes in anaerobic metabolism, RNA splicing, mRNA turnover, intracellular organelle distribution mediated by microtubule motors, the mechanisms controlling the distribution of homologous recombination events in meiosis, mitochondrial quality control, secretory pathway protein quality control and protein trafficking, structure and function of the PhoP-PhoR proteins important for Mycobacterium tuberculosis virulence, mitochondrial RNA processing and structural enzymoly of B12 proteins.
Much of the departmental major equipment is shared. This allows students and postdoctoral fellows from different labs to be intermixed and enhances interactions at all levels. In addition, the department has available modern instrumentation for DNA/protein sequencing and synthesis as well as state-of-the-art genetic and proteomic analysis through access to the University's Biomedical Instrumentation Center (BIC).