Departmental Information

The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology has 29 primary faculty, 6 staff members and over 100 students, fellow and scientists. These individuals work on a broad range of topics from fundamental problems in of biology, biochemistry and biophysics to applied solutions for medically important problems. Among the disciplinary strengths of the department are computational biology, DNA replication and repair, mechanobiology, molecular virology, RNA biology and structural biology. The department benefits from a large cadre of secondary faculty, which enhance the intellectual life of the department and from a very close relationship with the Sealy Center for Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics.

The Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Graduate Program, which includes the Molecular Biophysics Educational Tract is designed to prepare students for careers investigating the molecular nature of biomedical phenomena and translating that knowledge to improve human health. Our curriculum provides training in cutting edge technology, critical thinking, and verbal and written communication skills, preparing graduates to be fully competitive for positions in various career paths.


Office of the Chair

Mariano A. Garcia-Blanco, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair
108 Basic Science Building 
301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0645 USA 
P (409) 772-2271 
F (409) 772-5159 
Email: maragarc@utmb.edu

Valerie Rodecap, Sr. Administrative Manager
108 Basic Science Building 
301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0645 USA 
P (409) 772-2271 
F (409) 772-5159
Email: varodeca@utmb.edu

BMB Graduate Program Contact Info

Eric J. Wagner, PhD, Associate Professor
7.138C Medical Research Bldg
301 University Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77555-1072
P: (409) 772-2281 
Email: ejwagner@utmb.edu