About Us

Message from the Chair

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Peter Rotwein, MD


The mission of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is to promote outstanding fundamental research on mechanisms of disease at atomic and molecular levels of resolution. To reach this goal our faculty use a range of scientific approaches to assess protein structure and function, to evaluate the interactions of receptors with their ligands and transporters with their cargo within biological membranes, to dissect the biochemical properties of signal transduction networks and transcriptional pathways that influence cell fate and function, and to investigate the essential properties of disease-causing viruses and protozoan pathogens.

In addition to scholarship, our faculty is committed to teaching and mentoring the next generation of biomedical scientists through involvement in graduate and post-graduate education. We participate enthusiastically in the campus-wide Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, the Neuroscience Graduate Program, and the OHSU MD-PhD Program, and teach in the basic science components of the OHSU Medical School. In addition, our new graduate level track in molecular biophysics and structural biology will provide opportunities for students seeking to learn more physical and quantitative approaches to solving fundamental biomedical research problems.

We also direct two vibrant seminar programs. One includes scientists from throughout the country who discuss their research in forums open to the entire OHSU community. The other involves all of our graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, who have the opportunity to discuss their work on a regular basis in front of a friendly but critical audience of their peers, and thereby gain valuable experience in presentation skills.

On behalf of the entire Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, I invite you to explore these web pages and to contact individual faculty for more information about the range of exciting research opportunities in modern biochemistry.