Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Michael Leffak, Ph.D., Interim Chair

Biochemistry and molecular biology

Department News

Chair search underway

Applications and nominations are invited for the position of chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Boonshoft School of Medicine. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to lead and expand a department that contributes to the research and educational missions of the Wright State University College of Science and Mathematics and the Boonshoft School of Medicine. Applications must be submitted online at Review of applications will begin March 31, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. For questions or to submit nominations, please contact David Goldstein, Ph.D., search committee cochair, at or (937) 775-2655.

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) was founded in 1974 concurrently with the creation of the Wright State University School of Medicine and has recruited faculty with strong research interests in the basic biomedical sciences. Major research interests of the department are grouped into three interrelated areas: macromolecular mechanisms, molecular genetics, and the application of nuclear magnetic resonance to biomedical research.


The mission of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is to advance knowledge in biochemistry and molecular biology by fostering a culture of scientific inquiry, learning and critical thinking. Honesty and respect for a diverse body of faculty, staff and students are the foundation of this mission.

The department strives for excellence in the following areas:

  • Scientific Discovery — through the cultivation of a community of scholars who conduct original research at the forefront of their individual disciplines and in multidisciplinary collaborations.
  • Learning — through innovative environments for the education of students (undergraduate, graduate, medical, and postdoctoral) in both the classroom and the laboratory, and also through the dissemination of scientific knowledge through publications and presentations.
  • Diversity — through a commitment to embrace the advantages of a diverse community for the enhancement of our educational, research and work environments.
  • Engagement — through the exchange of scientific skills and understanding within the scientific community in general and also within the university, local and state communities at large.
  • Career Development — through mentoring/continuing educational programs for all members of the department.
The BMB Office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. week days.