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 Emeriti: (Professors) Robert L. Baldwin, Paul Berg, Douglas L. Brutlag, David S. Hogness, A. Dale Kaiser, I. Robert Lehman

Chair: Mark A. Krasnow

Professors: Patrick O. Brown, Gilbert Chu, Ronald W. Davis, James E. Ferrell, Jr., Daniel Herschlag, Mark A. Krasnow, Suzanne R. Pfeffer, James A. Spudich

Associate Professors: Pehr A. B. Harbury, Julie A. Theriot

Assistant Professors: Rhiju Das, Aaron F. Straight

Courtesy Professors: Kerwyn C. Huang, Chaitan S. Khosla, Sharon Long, Rajat Rohatgi

Department Offices: Beckman Center, B400

Mail Code: 94305-5307

Phone: (650) 723-6161

Web Site:

Courses offered by the Department of Biochemistry are listed under the subject code BIOC on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site.

Biochemistry is a department within the School of Medicine, with offices and labs located in the Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine at the Stanford Medical Center. Courses offered by the department may be taken by undergraduates, and graduate and medical school students.

Advanced courses offered in more specialized areas emphasize recent developments in biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology. These courses include the physical and chemical principles of biochemistry, enzyme reaction mechanisms, membrane trafficking and biochemistry, molecular motors and the cytoskeleton, mechanisms and regulation of nucleic acid replication and recombination, the biochemistry of bacterial and animal viruses, the molecular basis of morphogenesis, the molecular and cell biology of yeast, and the structure and function of both eukaryotic and prokaryotic chromosomes.

Opportunities exist for directed reading and research in biochemistry and molecular biology, using the most advanced research facilities, including those for light and electron microscopy, chromatography and electrophoresis, protein and nucleic acid purification, rapid kinetic analysis, synthesis and analysis, single molecule analyses using laser light traps, microarray generation and analysis, and computer graphic workstation facilities for protein and nucleic acid structural analysis. Ongoing research uses a variety of organisms from bacteria to animal cells.

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