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

New research funding aims to improve the health of women

UC Davis Health researchers will receive a $24 million award for research aimed at improving cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease care for women.

Luis G. Carvajal-Carmona, Ph.D.

Professor Luis G. Carvajal-Carmona is one of the recipients of this award, for a project to make breast cancer precision medicine more accessible to marginalized communities. Congratulations!!

Read more about the news article »


Colleen Sweeney has been accepted as an inaugural Anti-Racism & Cultural Humility (ARC) Fellow

Colleen Sweeney, Ph.D.

Professor and Vice Chair of Education, Colleen Sweeney has been accepted as an inaugural Anti-Racism & Cultural Humility (ARC) Fellow. Congratulations!!

Read more about the fellowship »


Luis G. Carvajal-Carmona selected as HACU Leadership Academy fellow

Luis G. Carvajal-Carmona, Ph.D.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) today announced that Professor Luis G. Carvajal-Carmona has been selected as a fellow for the third cohort of the Presidential Leadership Academy (La Academia de Liderazgo). The prestigious one-year HACU program is designed to prepare the next generation of culturally diverse leaders for executive and senior-level positions in higher education. Congratulations!!

Read more about the news article »


2021 ADVANCE Scholar Award

Luis G. Carvajal-Carmona, Ph.D.

Professor Luis G. Carvajal-Carmona is one of two recipients selected for the "2021 ADVANCE Scholar Award". Congratulations!!

The ADVANCE Scholar Award highlights and celebrates the contributions that STEM faculty at UC Davis have made to their fields through outstanding scholarship and mentorship. The award aims to encourage excellence in research as well as leadership and outreach to underserved communities and/or mentorship of under-represented students.


For more news, see Department News »