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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology

Major Requirements  



Dan Roberts, Head

Alexandre, G., PhD – Claude Bernard Lyon (France)
Bruce, B., PhD – California (Berkeley)
Ganguly, R., PhD – Nebraska
Guo, H., PhD – Harvard
Howell, E., PhD – Lehigh
Joy, D. (Distinguished Scientist), PhD – Oxford (UK)
Koontz, J., PhD – Kentucky
McKee, B., PhD – Michigan State
Millhorn, D., PhD – Ohio State
Park, J., PhD – Texas A&M
Prosser, R., PhD – Illinois
Roberts, D., PhD – California (Davis)
Serpersu, E., PhD – Hacettepe (Turkey)
Smith, J. (Governor’s Chair), PhD – London (UK)
von Arnim, A., PhD – East Anglia (UK)

Associate Professors
Baudry, J., PhD – (UPMC) France
Binder, B., PhD – Wisconsin (Madison)
Fernandez, E., PhD – Loyola
Hall, J., PhD – Illinois
Jain, N., PhD – Brandeis
Labrador, M., PhD – Autonoma Barcelona (Spain)
Nebenführ, A., PhD – Oregon State
Shpak, E., PhD – Ohio

Assistant Professors
Barrera, F., PhD – Universidad Miguel Hernandez (Spain)
Bembenek, J., PhD – Southwestern Medical Center (Texas)
Burch-Smith, T., PhD – Yale
Das, M., PhD – IIT (India)
Shen, T., PhD – California (San Diego)

Adjunct and Research Faculty
Agarwal, P., PhD – Penn State
Allison, D., PhD – Tennessee
Boder, E., PhD – Illinois
Brown, S., PhD – Otago (New Zealand)
Cheng, X., PhD – New York (Stony Brook)
Dalhaimer, P., PhD – Pennsylvania
Doktycz, M., PhD – Illinois
Elias, D, PhD – Oklahoma
Labbé, J., PhD – Nancy-University (France)
Langan, P., PhD – Keele (England)
Mannik, J., PhD – Stony Brook
Mazur, P., PhD – Harvard
Morrell-Falvey, J., PhD – Purdue
O’Neill, H., PhD – Dublin (Ireland)
Osmand, A., PhD – Adelaide (S. Australia)
Peterson, C., PhD – Louisiana State
Standaert, R., PhD – Harvard
Stanley, D., PhD – Massachusetts (Amherst)
Wymore, T., PhD – Missouri-Columbia
Yang, X., PhD – Cornell

Biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology study the function of cells and organisms at the molecular level. The concentration includes the study of the structure and function of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, DNA and RNA, as well as how these and other molecules control cellular and organismal function. The curriculum prepares students for a variety of careers in biological research, biotechnology, the health professions or education.

Students wishing to emphasize study in this area elect to major in biological sciences with a concentration in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology. See the description of the major and concentration under Division of Biology for requirements.


Students pursuing a B.S. degree in the Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology are eligible to participate in the University’s VolsTeach program (http://volsteach.utk.edu/), which permits students to simultaneously complete a major in mathematics or science and receive secondary education teaching licensure within the 4-year undergraduate degree program through completion of a VolsTeach minor. By petition, students pursuing a VolsTeach minor may apply INPG 385  to the Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology B.S. degree. For more information about VolsTeach, including advising associated with teaching licensure requirements, contact the Center for Enhancing Education in Mathematics and Science (101 Greve Hall)