Departments: Biochemistry

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Biochemistry is a department of the Basic Sciences Division at the College of Graduate Studies. 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 ten 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, pharmacy, 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 Sciences.

Biochemistry Department Courses

BIOCG 550: Human Biochemistry (NAAP program, 3.0 credits)
BIOCG 551: Human Biochemistry (PA program, 4.0 credits)
BIOCG 1511: Biochemistry (DO program, 7.0 credits)
BIOCG 1512: Biochemistry (POD program, 7.0 credits)
BIOCG 1522: Biochemistry (DO program, 4.0 credits)
BIOCG 1523: Biochemistry (POD program, 4.0 credits)
BIOCG 1551: Human Biochemistry (CPG program, 3.0 credits)
BIOCG 1552: Molecular Biology and Human Genetics (CPG program, 2.0 credits)
BASI 1501, 1502, 1503 and 1508 (DM, OPT programs)
CLMDG 1301B: Research elective (DO program, 1.0 credit)


Nancy S. Bae, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Michael Griffin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Jose A. Hernandez, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair

Garilyn Jentarra, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Chongwoo Kim, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Kathryn Lawson, Ph.D., Associate Professor
David F. Mann, Ph.D., Professor
Minsub Shim, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Mark Swanson, Ph.D. Assistant Professor
Y. Gloria Yueh, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean of Basic Sciences


Jason Artigas, Research Assistant
Ping Chu, Research Associate
Genna Gallas, Research Associate
Aaron Mody, Research Associate
Olga Senkovich, Research Associate
Jill Story, Administrative Coordinator


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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