Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are sciences at the epicenter of modern biomedical research. Understanding basic biochemical pathways is key to gaining new knowledge for the prevention and combating of disease, allowing for the expansion of current boundaries in medicine and science. In addition to medical applications, molecular biology is indispensable for the development of tools implemented for environmental and bionanotechnology problems. The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Miami is committed to maintaining our discipline as a central science and strives for excellence by sustaining the current areas of strength, fostering interdisciplinary and clinical translational research, and expanding the research portfolio to evolving areas of inquiry and discovery. Our expertise in RNA biology, understanding DNA stability and repair, studying the biophysical nature of biomolecules, and gaining insight into cellular signaling pathways has been recently expanded by the arrival of researchers specialized in the design of natural and semi-synthetic biomolecules, as well as molecular-based devices that can be employed in translational medicine and other bionanotechnology applications. The commitment of the Miller School to increase growth in the basic sciences will continue to provide our Department with new and exciting opportunities to enhance our prominence in biomedical research.
A chief mission of our Department is to educate future generations of investigators and medical students to become critical thinkers and the leaders in their fields. The diverse composition of our Department in regards to research interests creates a unique and intellectually stimulating learning environment for students at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels. We offer a host of courses to fulfill the curriculum to obtain a B.S. in Biochemistry, a MS and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, as well as the basic science requirements for MD and MD/Ph.D. students. Our courses address both the basic principles of biochemistry and molecular biology as well as the emerging science and future of the fields.
The Department serves the worldwide scientific community through leadership roles and active participation in national and international conferences, serving in study sections and on federal agency panels. Additionally, our Department's faculty roster encompasses editors of journals and members of editorial boards, as well as board members of national and international governmental centers and members of advisory boards of companies in the private sector. Moreover, the Department is committed to serve the community by participating in a variety of outreach events to promote awareness of the importance of science and technology in relation to public health and the environment.
Our Department is also unique for hosting the internationally recognized annual Miami Winter Symposium, created by Professor William Whelan, the first leader and Chair of the Department. The Miami Winter Symposium is currently managed by Nature Publishing and features world-renowned speakers in emerging areas of science and technology. This event cements our Department's goal of furthering education and discovery in biochemistry and molecular biology on an international level.
Dr. Sylvia Daunert
Professor and Lucille P. Markey Chair
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology