Jul 21, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology

Major Requirements  


Gladys Alexandre, Head

Alexandre, G., PhD – Claude Bernard Lyon (France)
Binder, B., PhD – Wisconsin (Madison)
Bruce, B., PhD – California (Berkeley)
Guo, H., PhD – Harvard
McKee, B., PhD – Michigan State
Nebenführ, A., PhD – Oregon State
Park, J., PhD – Texas A and M
Prosser, R., PhD – Illinois
Roberts, D., PhD – California (Davis)
Smith, J., PhD - Institut Laue-Langevin (France) – Governor’s Chair Professor
von Arnim, A., PhD – East Anglia (UK)

Associate Professors
Barrera, F., PhD – Universidad Miguel Hernandez (Spain)
Fernandez, E., PhD – Loyola
Hall, J., PhD – Illinois
Labrador, M., PhD – Autonoma Barcelona (Spain)
Shen, T., PhD – California (San Diego)
Shpak, E., PhD – Ohio State

Assistant Professors
Das, M., PhD – IIT (India)
Hong, Tian, PhD – California (Irvine)
Joshi, A., PhD – Wayne State (Michigan)
Krishnan, K., PhD – California (San Francisco)
Lamichhane, R., PhD – Wayne State (Michigan)
McCord, R.P., PhD – Harvard
Wang, J., PhD – Zhejiang (China)

Adjunct and Research Faculty
Boder, E., PhD – Illinois
Burch-Smith, T., PhD – Yale
Dalhaimer, P., PhD – Pennsylvania
Kovalevskyi, A., PhD – New York (Buffalo)
Morrell-Falvey, J., PhD – Purdue
Smith, M., PhD – Drexel (Pennsylvania)

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 (https://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 (821 Greve Hall).