About Us

Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at NYU School of Medicine. We have more than 30 faculty and laboratories active in seven interdisciplinary areas of research. The department has a rich and distinguished history: past members include the Nobel laureates Severo Ochoa, Arthur Kornberg, and Julius Axelrod, leaders such as James Shannon (Director of the National Institutes of Health between 1955 and 1958), and Robert Berliner (Deputy Director for science at the NIH between 1969 and 1973). Current departmental members have recently been the recipients of particularly prestigious awards, including the NIH Avant Garde Director's, the NIH Director's Poineer, and NIH MERIT Awards.  Among many renowned faculty members, the department has one AAAS fellow, three HHMI investigators, and two members of the National Academy of Science.  The department evolves as science progresses, and we have active programs that incorporate structural biology, single molecule imaging, and drug design, in order to address the molecular basis of biological and pathophysiological processes.

Our Research Areas

All our faculty share a common interest in understanding human disease at the chemical, biochemical, molecular, and cellular level.  Research in the department is very broad, ranging from single molecule and crystallographic investigations of protein macromolecules, through analysis of the molecular basis of growth control, to the elucidation of cellular signaling pathways.  Please refer to the research section for full descriptions of current research in the department.

The department has key strengths in seven thematic areas:

Biochemistry of Macromolecules
Cancer Biology
Genome Integrity
Gene Regulation
Neurobiology
Receptors and Signaling
Structural and Computational Biology

Studies in the department are annually funded by over $12.4 million.  This funding is provided by an array of federal and private sources, including the National Institutes of Health, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the American Cancer Society, the Department of Defense, and New York State Department of Health.

Our Education Portfolio

The department administers a competitively awarded NIH Training Program in Molecular Pharmacology. A second NIH Training Program, in Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB), is shared with the Department of Cell Biology.  Many of our faculty are members of multiple graduate training programs within the Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, participating in over ten different training programs altogether. The many prestigious fellowships given to students and postdoctoral fellows in our department is testimony to their strength, commitment and caliber.

Our laboratories and offices are located in the Medical Science Building, the Smilow building, the NYU Cancer Center, the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, and within new office space on East 30th Street.

On the pages of this website, you will find information on the history and current activities of the department, its research and training initiatives, and the individual research visions that continue to advance our scientific understanding of the molecular basis of human disease.  Please feel free to peruse the work of our outstanding faculty.