Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Program

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Program

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program offers students the opportunity to study life processes at the molecular level and gain an understanding of biological organisms from a chemical and physical basis.

Major RequirementsHonors Program
BMB Seminar Series

BMB Seminar Series

The BMB Seminar series features presentations by students in the Senior Seminar course. Current students are actively conducting research with BMB faculty and will showcase their research experiences and findings at these Tuesday seminars.

Gottwald Science Center

Gottwald Science Center

The Gottwald Center for the Sciences is the home of the biology, chemistry and physics departments.

With 22 teaching laboratories and 50 student-faculty research laboratories, the space includes lab facilities for organic chemistry, biochemistry and neuroscience; a quantitative science center; a nuclear magnetic resonance center; and a digital biological imaging center.

Chemists in the Kitchen!

In this episode, Julie Pollock, associate professor of the chemistry, and colleagues from other institutions explore the differences between quick pickling and fermentation and the benefit of farmers market veggies. Dr. Pollock leads a lab that studies breast cancer and inflammatory disease development and progression.

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Faculty Highlights

Dr. Julie Pollock
Pollock and Undergraduate Students Published

Julie Pollock, associate professor of chemistry, and Hannah Parker, an undergraduate student, authored a mini-review for the Journal of the Endocrine Society entitled "Advances in the Development of Prodrugs as Selective Modulators of Estrogen Receptors."

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Dr. Angie Hilliker
Hilliker Leads $625,000 Grant

Angie Hilliker, associate professor of biology, is the principal invesigator on a Howard Hughes Medical Institute $625,000 Inclusive Excellence 3 (IE3) grant. Working with an interdisciplinary team of faculty, the six-year program will study barriers to student inclusivity. Read more.

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Dr. Julie Pollock
Pollock Awarded Grant

Julie Pollock, associate professor of chemistry, was awarded an NIH R15 grant in collaboration with professors at High Point University entitled "Use of a novel tricyclic Stk1 inhibitor to uncover molecular mechanism in clinically relevant strains of S. aureus."

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Dr. Carol Parish
Parish Published

Carol Parish, Floyd D. and Elisabeth S. Gottwald Professor of Chemistry, published "Words Matter: On the Debate over Free Speech, Inclusivity, and Academic Excellence" in The Journal of Phsyical Chemistry Letters. The article makes the case for the importance of equity and inclusion in science.

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Contact Us

Mailing address:
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Gottwald Center for the Sciences
138 UR Drive
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Program Coordinator:
Dr. Eugene Wu
Academic Administrative Specialist: Emily Phaup