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department of Biochemistry

The Department of Biochemistry at Temple University School of Medicine has a strong program of biomedical research and a distinguished record of education. All research faculty members participate in the new interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program. Research within the Department of Biochemistry has greatly expanded and substantial resources of funds and infrastructure have been applied to the department to develop our research capabilities. As described under the individual faculty web pages, most faculty members have active research programs and many have substantial federally funded research support. In addition, the Department to Biochemistry has a number of adjunct faculty members including those within the Department of Chemistry and Department of Biology in Temple University School of Science and Technology, or within our affiliated institutions, Fox Chase Cancer Center and the Geisinger Clinic.


Research within the Department of Biochemistry centers on a number of different themes including:

  • Molecular structure and function: investigation of the functional domains of enzymes, channels and receptor proteins through mutational modification and biophysical structural analytical techniques
  • Transcriptional regulation: function and mechanism of transcription factors and their role in controlling cellular development and the onset and progression of disease states
  • Molecular signaling mechanisms: study of the structure and function of signaling proteins involved in control of signal transduction pathways
  • Cancer cell and molecular biology: assessment of basic cancer cell biology using molecular, cellular, and biophysical approaches
  • Molecular mechanisms in disease: study of transcription, signaling and metabolic control at the cellular and molecular level and relationship to cancer, cardiovascular and other disease states
  • Developmental and epigenetic cellular control: study of cell development, genomic imprinting, and the role of cellular environment in controlling the function of normal and diseased cells

Moreover, we are an integral component within the School of Medicine’s mission to build strong translational research programs to enhance the transformation of basic science discoveries into better patient care. We provide a translational platform of fundamental molecular and cellular research, undertaking well-funded translational and collaborative research programs particularly in the areas of:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular and lung diseases
  • Autoimmunity and diseases of the immune system
  • Developmental origins of disease in embryogenesis
  • Epigenetic cellular control and genomic imprinting.

For additional information on the department please feel free to contact Katie Pope pope@temple.edu (215-707-3979), our departmental Administrative Assistant.


Click here to learn more about our research programs. Click here to learn more about our Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.