Biochemical, Molecular and Structural Biology (BMSB)

Scientific Scope

The Biochemical, Molecular and Structural Biology (BMSB) Hub trains graduate and post‐doctoral students interested in the fields of structural, biochemical and biophysical research. Students will obtain theoretical and practical understanding of both how and why biophysical principles dictate observed biological phenomena, at the molecular level. Research training encompass a wide range of topics relevant to human disease, including structural and mechanistic aspects of membrane proteins, metal  binding proteins, enzymes, DNA and RNA. Methods used include classical approaches of biochemical purification and analysis, cutting edge structural methods (X‐ray and single  particle EM), spectroscopic methods (fluorescence and EPR) and computational methodologies.


Hub Director: David Farrens, Ph.D.

In addition to the PBMS core curriculum, students who join the Biochemical, Molecular and Structural Biology (BMSB) hub will be encouraged to take the following core course(s) and 6 credits of electives based on the student's individual training plan/research interests. Additionally, students will participate in their hubs seminar series, journal club(s) / grand rounds, and annual retreat / symposia. 



  • Structure and Function of Biological Molecules


  • Molecular Biophysics and Experimental Bioinformatics

Seminar Series

  • Chemical Physiology and Biochemistry 

Journal Club(s)

  • Protein Structure/Function 

Annual Meeting(s) and Symposia(s)

  • BMSB Annual Retreat
  • Chemical Physiology and Biochemistry Annual Retreat

David Farrens, Ph.D. - Hub Director


Phone: 503-494-0583