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Welcome to Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Medical College of Georgia

We are delighted that you have decided to visit our department’s website. Established in 1829, the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, or BMB, is an academic home to interdisciplinary translational research for disease detection, prevention and treatment. Our mission also includes the education and mentoring of future researchers, physicians and physician-scientists and service to the AU and greater scientific community.

The research mission is focused on inventing better diagnostics and newer targeted therapies for the benign and malignant diseases of the bladder, brain, breast, eye, gastrointestinal tract, kidney, liver, and prostate. The research areas encompass biomarkers, chemoprevention, DNA damage and repair, drug resistance, the epigenome, immunotherapy, the microbiome, molecular signaling, natural products, protein modifications and targeted therapy. Our faculties are supported by major funding agencies, and the insight gained by their work has been published in reputable peer-reviewed journals.

Home to the Biochemistry and Cancer Biology Graduate Program, the BMB Department offers PhD degrees, along with a combined MD-PhD program available to medical students. The students move on to competitive careers in academia, industry, and governmental agencies. The education mission is also served by faculty participation in undergraduate and graduate medical education, as well as the Student Educational Enrichment Program (SEEP).

Working together as a cohesive academic family, the faculty, staff, students and fellows are committed to advancing BMB’s tripartite mission. 


Contact Us

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Health Sciences Campus

Cancer Clinic

 706-721-3271

 lwalker@augusta.edu

 Cancer Research Center, CN-1166

 706-721-6608

BMB Seminar Series

October 

18

Wendy Bollag, PhD
CN 1209 Knox Foundation Room

October 

25

Darren Browning, PhD
CN 1209 Knox Foundation Room

November

1

Vinata Lokeshwar, PhD
CN 1209 Knox Foundation Room

Novmeber

8

Waaqo Daddacha, PhD
CN 1209 Knox Foundation Room

 FULL SEMINAR SCHEDULE

BMB News

two doctors looking at lab equipment

Enzyme that helps protect us from stress linked to liver cancer growth

An enzyme induced by stress to help reduce production of damaging free radicals is also used by liver cancer to regulate two major cell proliferation pathways that enable the cancer to thrive, scientists report.

photo from article New immune checkpoint explored for head and neck cancer

New immune checkpoint explored for head and neck cancer

MCG scientists looking at body's natural checkpoint, the enzyme CD73, and how it may convert the cell fuel that normally promotes our immune system to attack head and neck cancer cells into something that instead inhibits that attack.

photo from article New urine tests for bladder cancer may improve patient outcomes, reduce procedures, costs

New urine tests for bladder cancer may improve patient outcomes, reduce procedures, costs

MCG scientists hope non-invasive and better tests that measure a gene variant commonly found in bladder cancer could help improve patient outcomes.

photo from article New evidence about why clear margins in breast cancer surgery are such good news

New evidence about why clear margins in breast cancer surgery are such good news

MCG scientists now know how the immune system rids the body of tumor cells, helping prevent cancer metastasis.