Departments: Biochemistry

Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale


Biochemistry is a department of the Basic Sciences Division at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. It is located in Agave Hall on the main university campus and has strong links to the other Basic Science departments.  The department currently has eight faculty members dedicated to supporting the teaching, scholarly, and service activities of the university.

The Biochemistry department is committed to fulfilling the Midwestern University mission of "dedicated teaching to the highest standards of academic excellence to meet the educational needs of the healthcare community". Our faculty are devoted to nourishing intellectual habits, fostering critical thinking skills needed in medicine, and cultivating behaviors befitting heath care professionals. As a team, the faculty contribute substantially to the education of medical, podiatry, dental, optometry, nurse anesthetist, and physician assistant students. The faculty teach a wide range of students in topics covering the most important aspects of the biochemistry of macromolecules, cell and molecular biology, metabolism, medical genetics, hematology, cancer and nutrition, all of them illustrated with selected clinical topics.    

The Biochemistry department is also committed to basic research.  We provide high-quality training to students in life sciences and medically-related areas. Our research reflects a diversity of interests centered around several major themes. Research in the department extends from cancer biology and neurobiology to molecular microbiology. Information about the research interests of each faculty member can be found on the faculty websites. The research laboratories are housed in the Foothills Science Center, located in close proximity to Agave Hall. Students have the opportunity to participate in research through various means: as Summer research fellows, through their research electives, as Federal work-study students, or as graduate students in the Biomedical Sciences Master's program in the College of Health Studies.

Biochemistry Department Courses

BIOC550: Human Biochemistry (NAAP program, 3.0 credits)
BIOC551: Human Biochemistry (PA program, 4.0 credits)
BIOC1511: Biochemistry (DO, POD programs, 7.0 credits)
BIOC1522: Biochemistry (DO, POD programs, 4.0 credits)
BASI1501, 1502, 1503 and 1508 (DM, OPT programs)


Nancy S. Bae, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Jose A. Hernandez, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Garilyn Jentarra, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Kathryn Lawson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
David F. Mann, Ph.D., Professor
Jonathan Valla, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Nagaraj Vinay Janthakahalli, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Y. Gloria Yueh, Ph.D., Professor and Chair


Bernardo Chavira, Research Assistant
Allison Lambert, Research Associate
Kristen G. Pelton, Senior Administrative Assistant
Michelle Perkins, M.S., Senior Research Associate
Lawrence Suchocki, Senior Research Associate


American Association for Cancer Research
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Expasy Bioinformatics Portal
MWU Online Directory      
NCBI- Molecular Biology of the Cell
RSBC Protein Data Bank

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Department of Biochemistry
Midwestern University
Agave Hall 201
19555 N. 59th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85308
Phone: 623-572-3320
Fax: 623-572-3679

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