department of Biochemistry
A Message from Donald L. Gill, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Biochemistry
As Chair of the Department of Biochemistry, welcome to our website. Biochemistry represents one of the cornerstones of basic biomedical sciences. Our understanding of the molecular basis of cell function and disease rests heavily on deciphering the interactions between molecules and the mechanisms by which cellular reactions take place. The disciplines of biochemistry and molecular biology are crucial foundations for medical research and our department provides an outstanding platform for technology and training in these areas.
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 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. Since my recruitment in 2007 from the University of Maryland to become Chair of Biochemistry here at Temple, my mission has been to expand research and build upon the academic excellence of the Department. We have expanded the faculty of the Department of Biochemistry with five new recruits to bring the number full-time faculty with primary appointments in the Department to a total of 21. 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 ten 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. The School of Medicine invested approximately $4 million to rebuild an entire floor of the Kresge Hall research building, including extensive state-of-the-art open laboratory space and a new central administrative area to provide a focus for the Department of Biochemistry. A further $4 million was invested in faculty recruitment, new instrumentation and renovations to existing laboratory space.
Research within the Department of Biochemistry centers on a number of different themes including:
A particular research strength that has been expanded within the Department is in the area of molecular and cellular signaling, with an integration of expertise in:
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:
In addition to a breadth of excellent investigator-based research programs, we provide two specialized research components:
For additional information on the department please feel free to contact Katie Pope firstname.lastname@example.org (215-707-3979), our departmental Administrative Assistant.
Department of Biochemistry
Temple University School of Medicine
Room 621 Kresge Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19140
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