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Undergraduate program earns national accreditation

Students who are on track to graduate from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology now meet or exceed all the curricular recommendations from both the American Chemical Society and the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The program is also consistent with current national recommendations for 21st century educational practices.

Student Scholarly Excellence

UNM  Biochemistry Major Selected for Prestigious Master's Degree ProgramEsteban Abeyta, a UNM senior in the biochemistry program, was recently selected to study overseas as a Churchill Scholar. The prestigious one-year scholarship is highly competitive and Abeyta will join an elite cohort of other students from across the U.S. to pursue his master’s degree at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge.

2018 Faculty Highlights

Dr. Vallabh “Raj” Shah, Regents Professor, named Distinguished Professor at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Shah pre-eminent contribution is toward establishing and promoting community-partnered research and health services that are sensitive to the culture and traditions to address health disparity in New Mexico. Nationally and internationally, Raj is well known for his contributions in genetic epidemiology and translational-focused investigations of complex diseases.

Dr. Meilian Liu, Assistant Professor, received UNM HSC 2017 Junior Faculty Research in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the understanding of adipocyte physiology and adipose immune response.

Mark McCormick, Assistant Professor, received AIM CoBRE mentored PI (mPI) grant Award to study the role of autophagy and other downstream effectors in lifespan extension by the GCN4 / ATF4 pathway

Dr. Parra, Professor and Chair, completed 1-year fellowship at the prestigious Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine for Women (ELAM) Program for Women. ELAM is a core program of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.


Education and Training

The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology engages students at all levels of academic life - undergraduates, medical students, research fellowships and the UNM Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.

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Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
MSC 08 4670
Fitz Hall, Room 249
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505) 272-5148
Fax: (505) 272-6587