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Biochemistry BS

(HEGIS: 04.14 BIOCHEMISTRY, CIP: 26.0202 Biochemistry)

Department of Biochemistry

955 Main Street, Suite 4102
Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Buffalo, NY 14203

Mark R. O'Brian

Alfred S. Ponticelli
Director of Undergraduate Education

Associated Subjects

Why study Biochemistry BS at UB?

Biochemistry explores the chemical principles that underlie biological processes. The course of study in biochemistry emphasizes macromolecular structure and function, control of gene expression, and metabolic regulation as they relate to basic and biomedical science. The design of the Biochemistry program provides strong preparation to students for advanced study in medical, dental or graduate school, or for occupations in academic, industrial, medical or governmental settings. The strength of the program lies in the extensive student research experience in the laboratories of the faculty.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:

  • Understand the chemical nature of important biological macromolecules, the principles underlying their structural organization, and how their structure determines function.
  • Gain familiarity with the scientific literature, including using online databases; understand the creation and testing of scientific hypotheses, and critical evaluation of experimental data.
  • Learn specific laboratory skills relevant to future careers.

The Learning Environment

The Biochemistry core curriculum provides a comprehensive learning environment through the combination of didactic lecture, analysis and discussion of the scientific literature, and hands-on research training. Fundamentals of Biochemistry are taught in a didactic lecture based course (BCH 403) containing approximately 200 students from several programs. The remainder of the core curriculum includes (i) literature based discussion courses (20-25 students) that emphasize reading, analyzing, writing and discussion of advanced topics in modern biochemistry (BCH 401, BCH 404, BCH 405 and BCH 407) and (ii) three semesters of hands-on research training in a faculty member’s laboratory (BCH 498, see Experiential Learning).

About Our Facilities

UB’s new downtown Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences features:

  • Eight floors; 628,000 square feet
  • Interior seven-story glass atrium, terra-cotta and glass rain screen façade
  • State-of-the art laboratory space
  • Built-in NFTA-Metro rail station for convenient public access

Research conducted in faculty laboratories utilizes cutting-edge technologies and equipment. State of the art core research facilities within the department include a Proteomics Core (MALDI-TOF Mass Spec, 2D-Differential Gel Electrophoresis) and a Molecular Interactions Suite (Biacore SPR Instrument, Isothermal Calorimeter). Students also have access to core facilities located throughout UB to support their research that include a Confocal Microscopy Core (confocal microscopes, laser dissection, flow cytometry, molecular imaging, real‐time PCR), Microarray and Affymetrix Cores, and a Transgenic Mouse Core (at Roswell Park Cancer Center).

About Our Faculty

The Department of Biochemistry presently has 21 full-time faculty that includes 12 Professors (two of which are SUNY Distinguished Professors), 5 Associate Professors and 3 Assistant Professors. In addition, we have a total of 15 research track and secondary appointees and two emeritus SUNY Distinguished Professors. Biochemistry faculty hold important leadership positions at the School and University levels and are actively involved in cutting-edge research, teaching, editorial boards, study sections and invited talks at National/International meetings, universities and research institutes.

Recent faculty achievements include Laura Feltri receiving the Exceptional Scholar Program Sustained Achievement Award, Norma Nowak receiving the JSMBS Distinguished Biomedical Alumni Award and Mark O’Brian receiving the Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Biochemistry department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Students with good laboratory and analytical ability and interest in the chemical basis of life will excel in biochemistry.

80% of our students go on to professional schools in medicine, dentistry, or graduate school.

Alumni in biochemistry have gone on to careers in the following fields:

  • Agronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Consumer protection
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental science
  • Food and drug analysis and technology
  • Genetics
  • Medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Patent law
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Public Health
  • Sales

Academic Advising

Advisor assignments are determined by students’ academic year.

The purpose of advisement is to provide students with guidance in course sequencing and selection. In-person advisement is required in your first year at the University to develop an appropriate academic plan to facilitate a timely graduation. Students are required to meet with their advisor in the first year of study and are encouraged to meet with their advisor at least once a semester. In addition to assisting students in completing their degree in a timely manner, advisors also connect students to campus resources that can aid in their academic success and meeting their post-graduate or professional goals.

Students are advised by the Jacobs School Undergraduate Education Office before they are enrolled in BCH 403. Once students are enrolled in BCH 403, they are advised by the Program Director.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Biomedical Undergraduate Education
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
40 Biomedical Education Building (BEB) – South Campus

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate Education

Kelli Hickey
Email Kelli Hickey

Shannon M. Brown
Assistant Director
Email Shannon M. Brown

Associated Subjects

Published: Nov 02, 2020 10:22:03