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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


Chem 268: Biochemistry Seminar Series- Midstream Presentations

Mol Sci 3440

Vivian Zhang

Koehler Group

Title: Using A Small Molecule To Investigate Mitochondrial Disulfide Relay System in Human Pluripotent Stem Cells

Abstract. Human pluripotent stem...


Chem 268: Biochemistry Seminar Series- Midstream Presentations

Mol Sci 3440

Binsen Li

Jiang Group

"Structure-based Design of Alpha-synuclein Inhibitor Decreasing Aggregation”


Chem 268: Biochemistry Seminar Series- Midstream Presentations

Mol Sci 3440

Ryan Lannan

Wollman Group



2018 Seaborg Symposium & Medal Award Dinner

Symposium: California NanoSystems Inst./Medal Award Dinner: Luskin Center

The UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

is pleased to announce that



Mitochondrial Protein Transport and Disease: Another Block in the Wall

A video of Koehler’s seminar, “Mitochondrial Protein Transport and Disease: Another Block in the Wall”, can be viewed...

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Research team led by Professor Jose Rodriguez determines atomic structure of prion fragment

Professor Jose Rodriguez holds the Howard Reiss Development Chair in the UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and he is a member of the UCLA-DOE Institute. He joined the UCLA faculty as an assistant professor of biochemistry in July 2016...

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Reisler group collaboration featured in Nature Communications

In a study published in December in Nature Communications, researchers led by Professors Emil Reisler (UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry) and Hong Zhou (UCLA Department...

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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.