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University of Illinois College of Medicine

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics is one of five Basic Science Departments in the College of Medicine at UIC.


Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. The current department was formed in 2003 from the merger of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Department of Molecular Genetics. We are located in the Molecular Biology Research Building on the University of Illinois College of Medicine campus on the near west side of Chicago, next to Little Italy and a few miles from the Loop and Lake Michigan. [ READ MORE + ]

Faculty Research


Our Department is home to a broad array of research programs which facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations: (1) cancer biology, (2) genetics & epigenetics, (3) gene regulation & genome maintenance, (4) genomics, computational biology & synthetic biology, (5) infection, inflammation & immunity, (6) mechanisms of neurological diseases, (7) protein engineering, drug design & structural biology, (8) signal transduction & cell cycle control, and (9) stem cells & developmental biology. Meet the faculty in each of these research areas:


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Departmental Announcement

We are recruiting a tenure track Assistant Professor in computational biology and genomics (Closing Date: Oct. 15, 2023).
   UIC offers an intellectually exciting, collegial, and supportive environment with several NIH-funded training grants to support predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees. The department participates in several PhD programs including the umbrella Graduate Education in bioMedical Sciences (GEMS) PhD program that includes all basic science departments in the College of Medicine. Our faculty also regularly recruit PhD students from PhD programs in Bioinformatics.

Dr. Rehman has been appointed Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics effective July 1, 2022.

BMG in News

Frolov Publishes in Developmental Cell. (October 17, 2023)

Recent NIH Cancer-Relevant Grants to UIC Cancer Center Members. (Chronis Lab & Nakamura Lab) (August 28, 2023)

Training immune cells to remove 'trash' helps resolve lung inflammation. (Rehman Lab) (August 24, 2023)

Dr. Colley appointed as Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. (July 20, 2023)

Role of key metabolic enzyme in liver fibrosis defined by UIC scientists. (Hay Lab & Chronis Lab) (July 20, 2023)

Powerhouse proteins protect heart cells from chemotherapy damage. (Rehman Lab) (July 20, 2023)

A smoke detector for viruses? (Caffrey Lab) (May 2, 2023)

Hijacking our cells' enzymes to eliminate disease-causing proteins. (Kuchay Lab) (Feb. 15, 2023)