About the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine


Teaching groundbreaking methods of discovery

Our work focuses on understanding the underlying mechanisms for studying human disease and leads to high-impact breakthroughs in drug discovery, therapeutics, disease etiology and prevention.

Access to a renowned, diverse faculty along with cutting edge equipment and facilities creates a unique, hands-on experience for students and researchers interested in pushing the boundaries of genomic studies, technologies and their applications.

Facts & Figures

  • The staff consists of 15 primary faculty along with 25 joint-appointment faculty
  • Courses and training courses are offered at master’s, PhD and postgraduate levels
  • The department receives over $16 million in research funding annually
  • Affiliated programs include the Institute for Genetic Medicine, the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Zikha Neurogenetic Institute

Our Mission

USC biochemistry and molecular biology
Our mission is to better understand the underlying mechanisms for studying human disease through research and training that combines basic concepts of biochemistry with wide-ranging interdisciplinary topics. Our program provides hands-on experience in state-of-the-art laboratories to produce high-impact results for treatment, prevention and therapeutics.