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Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB) at the University of Tennessee. We are home to almost 400 undergraduate majors at the University of Tennessee. Our research teams of faculty, undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are working on hot topics that range from molecular structure to organismal levels. Browse our web site to learn more about our research, and be sure to check our latest news and upcoming events. See also the Message from the Head.


Throughout the year there will be postings on the opportunities page, which highlights various internships, graduate programs, scholarships, etc.

Current Seminars Schedule

Monday Colloquium

» BCMB TOP NEWS: The College of Arts and Sciences celebrated outstanding faculty with awards in advising, teaching, research, outreach, and service during its annual Winter Convocation on Dec. 4. The following BCMB faculty have received the following awards:

John Koontz, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, received the Lorayne W. Lester Award, established to recognize faculty and staff who have demonstrated outstanding service to the college and its various constituencies.

Interdepartmental Collaboration in Scholarship and Research Award (highlights successful teamwork among faculty across disciplines and specialties):

Jim C. Hall, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology
Rebecca A. Prosser, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology


Dr. Barry Bruce Helps in a Biosolar Breakthrough

Three BCMB professors combine ORNL neutrons with UTK superconducting magnet and supercomputing to probe enzyme function

Jeremy Smith's Research on Biofuels Began on Jaguar and Will Continue on Titan, the World's Fastest Supercomputer

Jeremy Smith is Bringing Together the Laboratory's Strengths in Supercomputing and Neutron Science to Overcome Challenges in Interdisciplinary Areas such as Bioenergy

Why Is This Supercomputer So Superfast?

Oak Ridge and NVIDIA Unveil Titan Supercomputer

Dr. Barry Bruce's role in the ARL Director’s Strategic Initiative award is featured in the 2011 ARL Annual Review on page 19

BCMB researcher featured at symposium to discuss Alzheimer's Research

Chelsea Knotts is a 2012 Torchbearer Recipient!

William Hembree, an Undergrad and Mentee to Dr. Jerome Baudry, is Scholar of the Week!

Top High School Students Compete in UT STEM Symposium, directed by Professor Engin Serpersu

Kristen Holbrook Recently Won a Travel Grant to the Upcoming Meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists

William Hembree, an Undergrad and Mentee to Dr. Jerome Baudry, Published his Paper in the Journal of Physical Chemistry

Yinglong Miao's Paper Highlighted on NICS Site

BCMB Student Leads a Biology High School "oUTreach" Program

Jeremy Smith is Involved with ORNL Research that Could Advance the Understanding of Metal

Supercomputer Reveals New Details Behind Drug-processing Protein Model

UT/BCMB Student, Chelsea Knotts, Encourages Homeless to Run

Dr. Jae Park Hosts a Molecular Biology Workshop for Knox County High School Teachers

BCMB Student Organizes Running Club for the Homeless

Dr. Beth Mullin named Professor Emerita

BCMB Faculty Involved in Curriculum Reform—Bringing Research to the Classroom

UT Graduate Students in the Division of Biology Help Break Graduation Bottlenecks

REU Students Present Final Reports

Incoming Freshman Life of the Mind Project has a Biology Focus

"STEM Majors are on the Increase at UTK"

Summer Explorations into “Sensing and Signaling”

Dr. Rebecca Prosser Participating in the UTK Women’s Leadership Program

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