Our Mission is to conduct world-class research in biochemistry and molecular medicine. To excel in undergraduate, graduate and medical education, and to serve the university through leadership in forums committed to graduate and professional school admissions and curriculum.

The research interests of the departmental faculty are focused in the fundamental molecular aspects of cell biology, gene expression, cancer biology, membrane biology, glycobiology, neurobiology, muscle physiology, human genetics, chemical and structural biology, molecular imaging and drug development. In addition to innovative research activities, faculty are involved in the teaching and training of medical and doctoral students.

At the Davis Campus, the department maintains laboratories at Tupper Hall, the Genome Building and in the Department of Chemistry. At the Sacramento Campus, the department maintains laboratories at the Oak Park Research Building, Research I and III Buildings, and the MIND Institute.

The department’s primary research funding comes from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and a wide variety of Private agencies.

The department’s teaching focus includes, Lower Division courses, Graduate courses, and Professional courses for medical students.

Each of us has an obligation to the community and the UC Davis Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine strives to build and maintain a culture and climate based on mutual respect and caring. We recognize and cherish the richness contributed to our lives by our diversity. We further recognize the right of every individual to think, speak, express and debate any idea. We support and uphold the UC Davis Principles of Community.

Department News

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research

Luis G. Carvajal-Carmona, Ph.D.

Professor Luis G. Carvajal-Carmona is a recipient of the "2021 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research". Congratulations!!

This annual award was instituted in 1994 to recognize faculty for excellence in mentoring undergraduate research as a way to emphasize the importance and visibility of faculty’s contribution to the excellence in mentoring and advocacy for undergraduate research and creative activities. The annual award was expanded to recognize the critical contributions of individuals at the graduate and post-doc level in 2015 and further expanded to include nominations of project scientists/specialists in 2021. The nominee in each category must be exceptional for his/her/their contribution to the mentoring of undergraduate students in research and/or creative activities.


2021 UC Davis Graduate Studies Distinguished Graduate and Postdoctoral Mentoring Award

David E. Olson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor David E. Olson is a recipient of the "2021 UC Davis Graduate Studies Distinguished Graduate and Postdoctoral Mentoring Award". Congratulations!!


2021 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar

David E. Olson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor David E. Olson is one of only 16 early-career researchers nationwide selected for the 2021 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. Congratulations!!


“Outstanding Basic Sciences Instructor” from the Graduating Medical Class of 2021

Colleen Sweeney, Ph.D.

Professor and Vice Chair of Education, Colleen Sweeny is a recipient of the "Outstanding Basic Sciences Instructor" award from the Graduating Medical Class of 2021. Congratulations!!


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