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


BMSB Student Welcome Reception

Mol Sci 3440

Reception to introduce first year Biochemistry graduate students to faculty. More TBA. 


MBI Seminar Series

Young Hall 2033

“Ribosome Dynamics Captured by Deep Sequencing and Deep Learning”
Liana Lareau, PhD
Principal Investigator, California Institute for Quantitative Biology, UC Berkeley


Chem 268: Faculty Research Seminar

Mol Sci 3440

Dr. David Eisenberg and Dr. Juli Feigon present their current research. 


MBI Seminar Series

Young Hall 2033

"Meiotic Differentiation: Uncovering Unique Modes of Gene Regulation and Organelle Remodeling"
Elçin Ünal, PhD
Assistant Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development
Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, UC Berkeley


Dr. Juli Feigon wins 2017 Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Award

Dr. Juli Feigon has been selected for the 2017 Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Award by the Protein Society.
The Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Award, sponsored by Genentech, is granted in recognition of exceptional contributions in protein...

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UCLA Biochemistry graduate student, David Boyer, receives highly competitive 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Four UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry graduate students have received highly competitive 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program awards.

In addition, two current graduate students and three...

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Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) Scholar.

Chemistry undergraduate researcher Paul Chong (Spokoyny group) has been named a Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) Scholar. The...

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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

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

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.