Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

MSC 08 4670
Basic Medical Sciences Bldg, Rm 249
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505) 272-3333
Fax: (505) 272-6587

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Welcome from the Chair,

Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The mission of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is to be a center of academic excellence that creates and imparts knowledge of the biochemical and molecular bases of disease through individual and collaborative multidisciplinary research; undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and medical education; and the training of basic and clinical research scientists. 

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology serves students in the Undergraduate Medical Education Program, Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, and the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Undergraduate Program. Our undergraduate Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program is the only undergraduate biochemistry program in the nation housed in a School of Medicine and trains a wealth of pre-professional students, including pre-med, pre-pharmacy, pre-dental, as well as students from the UNM Combined BA/MD Program.

The Faculty in the Department conducts individual and collaborative research on the biochemical and molecular bases of disease, by using both basic and translational approaches with particular emphasis on diseases affecting New Mexico’s population. The research interests of the Faculty in the Department comprise three areas: Metabolism and Metabolic Disease, Cancer Biology and Cancer Therapeutics, and Biochemistry Education Research. Faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and staff from the Department collaborate with Institutional and State Programs (UNM Signature Programs, Mind Institute, New Mexico INBRE Program) and Centers (UNM Cancer Center, UNM Clinical and Translational Center, UNM Center fro Molecular Discovery). The scope of these research programs extends from in vitro and in cell studies, to animal models, translational studies, and community-based intervention.  All, while advancing New Mexico’s health and education by disseminating knowledge to New Mexican communities (Zuni Health Initiative) and classrooms (San Juan College).

We are looking forward to an exciting future as our research and educational programs continue to advance. Newly remodeled research laboratories and tissue culture facility will be completed in 2013. Three new Faculty members joined our Department in 2012 (Dr. Jun Chen, Dr. Colleen Fordyce, and Dr. Martina Rosenberg) and additional new faculty hires are scheduled this and upcoming years.


Karlett Parra


UNM Health Sciences Center’s Laurel Sillerud, Ph.D., has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Sillerud, a research professor with UNM’s School of Medicine and MRI core director at UNM’s BRaIN Imaging Center, was elected for his distinguished contributions to non-invasive technologies, especially NMR analysis of living organisms, isotope-directed NMR, and polarization transfer NMR.  November 29, 2012