Welcome to:
the UCLA BMSB Program
UCLA Biology and Biochemistry Ranked 12th in the World
Cutting-edge Research Programs
Graduate Student Housing in Westwood
Track Record of Research Excellence

The Biochemistry, Molecular and Structural Biology (BMSB) Graduate Program at UCLA offers a long-standing tradition of excellence in research and PhD student training.

Our faculty’s cutting-edge research programs span the broad areas of biochemistry and molecular biology, covering both traditional and modern disciplines.

Our program is well suited for students interested in biological systems and molecules, particularly those who seek a detailed, mechanistic understanding of biological and biochemical phenomena.

Upcoming Events

30
Nov

MBI Seminar Series

4:00pm
Young Hall 2033

Raymond Stevens, PhD
Provost Professor, Biological Sciences & Chemistry
Director of The Bridge Institute, University of Southern California
http://stevenslab.usc.edu/

1
Dec

Chem 268: Faculty Research Seminar

3:30pm
Mol Sci 3440

Dr. Sabeeha Merchant and Dr. Roy Wollman will present their research. 

7
Dec

MBI Seminar Series

4:00pm
Young Hall 2033

Christopher Lima, PhD
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Professor of Biochemistry & Structural Biology, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences & the Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Graduate School of Medical Sciences,
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center...

8
Dec

Chem 268: Faculty Research Seminar

3:30pm
Mol Sci 3440

Dr. Jose Rodriguez and Dr. Jim Gober will present their research. 

News

Professor Margot Quinlan featured in the Journal of Cell Biology

Quinlan’s interview was featured in the “People & Ideas” section of the October 2, 2017, issue of the journal.  
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Discovery unlocks secrets of how nature synthesizes important chemicals

The groups of Profs. Yi Tang and Ken Houk and Japanese scientists have discovered a new mode of enzyme catalysis recently reported in the journal Nature...
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American Cancer Society 2017 Determination Award

Professor Guillaume Chanfreau has been selected by the American Cancer Society for the 2017 Determination Award for his cancer research....
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Structural and Computational Biology Research

Several of our research groups focus on the areas of Structural and Computational Biology. X-ray crystallography, NMR, EPR, and other biophysical techniques are being brought to bear on exciting new problems in biology through the elucidation of the functions and cellular mechanisms of diverse proteins, nucleic acids, macromolecular assemblies, and disease-related molecules.
 
 
 

Systems Biology and Biological Regulation Research

At least 15 research groups in the UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry carry out research in the area of Systems Biology and Biological Regulation.
 
This discipline combines efforts to characterize the structural, biochemical, and in vivo functional properties of individual biomolecules and pathways with the cutting-edge approaches of modern genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics.
 
 

Metabolism, Aging and Development
Research

BMSB laboratories are studying the spatial and temporal regulation of transcription and the role of actin polymerization in determining cell polarity in Drosophila development and embryogenesis.
 
This research aims to understand the mechanisms of protein import into mitochondria, and to determine how defects in mitochondrial protein translocation lead to disease.
 
 

Bioenergy and the Environment
Research

Investigators are working to develop advanced biofuels, chemical feedstocks and materials. Several researchers are members of the UCLA-Department of Energy Institute, a team of laboratories working on fundamental research and technology developments in broad DOE mission areas ranging from microbes, to biofuels and green chemistry, to the design of new biomaterials.