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From the Chair

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

The department serves students in the undergraduate medical education program, the biomedical sciences graduate program and the biochemistry and molecular biology undergraduate program. Our undergraduate biochemistry and molecular biology program is housed in the School of Medicine and provides a wealth of pre-professional training to pre-med, pre-pharmacy and pre-dental students, as well as students from UNM’s Combined BA/MD Program.

Our faculty members conduct basic and translational research on the biochemical and molecular bases of disease, with particular emphasis on diseases affecting New Mexico's population. Faculty research interests comprise three areas: metabolism and metabolic disease, cancer biology and cancer therapeutics, and biochemistry education research.

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 the state’s health and education with programs at Zuni Pueblo and San Juan College.

Faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and staff collaborate with UNM’s Signature Research Programs, The Mind Research Network, New Mexico INBRE Program, the UNM Cancer Center, the Clinical and Translational Science Center and the Center for Molecular Discovery.


Karlett Parra, PhD
Chair, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Our Mission

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology works to create and impart knowledge of the biochemical basis of disease through individual and multidisciplinary research, medical, graduate, undergraduate and continuing education and the training of clinical and basic research scientists.