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About the Major

While courses in biology and chemistry introduce students to the life sciences, the Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Program offers scientific grounding for those planning to pursue graduate study or enter the health professions. Through laboratory work and research, students receive practical, hands-on training with opportunities to collaborate with professors on projects that lead to publication in research journals and presentations at scholarly conferences.

Students Will Learn To:

  • Evaluate the scientific literature and other forms of professional communications in biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Solve problems at the interfaces of chemistry and biology using scientific reasoning
  • Communicate fundamental concepts of biochemistry and molecular biology to both expert and layperson in writing and oral presentations

A Sampling of Courses

Biochemistry students in the lab

Biological Chemistry

A survey of the chemical and physical nature of biological macromolecules, including nucleic acids, proteins, lipids and carbohydrates; biochemistry of enzyme catalysis; bioenergetics and regulatory mechanisms. Principles and techniques of experimental biochemistry, focusing on isolation methods and techniques for analyzing structure and function. This course satisfies the second semester of a one-year General Chemistry requirement for post-graduate Health Professions programs, however, this course might not also satisfy a Health Profession program’s requirement for a course in Biochemistry.

Explore these select courses:

A study of the fundamental concepts and principles of quantum chemistry. Topics include the fundamental postulates of quantum mechanics, the nature of the chemical bond, and applications of molecular quantum mechanics including spectroscopy and computational electronic structure methods.

A study of the fundamental concepts and principles of thermodynamics and kinetics. Topics include statistical and classical thermodynamics, prediction of the direction and extent of chemical reactions, equilibrium, chemical kinetics, catalysis, and reaction rate theory.

The advanced study of biochemical pathways in living organisms, with emphasis given to gene regulation and metabolism of four major macromolecules: carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. Includes in-depth discussion of contemporary developments in molecular biology and comprehensive training in molecular techniques. Three hours of class and three hours of laboratory.

Meet Our Faculty

Max Majireck

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Director of Biochemistry/ Molecular Biology

mmajirec@hamilton.edu

organic chemistry, natural products, medicinal chemistry and chemical biology

Wei-Jen Chang

Chair and Professor of Biology

wchang@hamilton.edu

molecular biology; molecular evolution; genome structures; and bioinformatics

Rhea Datta

Assistant Professor of Biology

rdatta@hamilton.edu

gene regulation; patterning and morphogenesis; transcription factors and DNA-binding; regulatory DNA; developmental genetics; molecular biology; embryology; eye development

cellular neurobiology and neuroethology; measurement and detection of neurotransmitters; isolation and identification of novel chemical messengers; cellular metabolism in the nervous system

Ryan Martinie

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

rmartini@hamilton.edu

biochemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, enzymology, and natural product biosynthesis

Natalie Nannas

Assistant Professor of Biology

njnannas@hamilton.edu

Genetics, molecular and cellular biology, bioethics, meiotic and mitotic chromosome segregation, spindle dynamics, fluorescence microscopy and live imaging

Adam Van Wynsberghe

Associate Professor of Chemistry

avanwyns@hamilton.edu

physical chemistry, biophysical chemistry, and theoretical chemistry

Michael Welsh

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

mwelsh@hamilton.edu

biochemistry and chemical biology

Explore Hamilton Stories

Joel Adade '22

Adade ’22 to Conduct Research at Broad Institute Cell Observatory

“I was drawn to the Broad by my advisor, Max Majireck, who did his postdoctoral work there. I looked into the positions they had available and was drawn by the structure they have to develop and equip early career researchers.”

Jacob Hane '22, Nyaari Kothiya '23

Hane ’22, Kothiya ’23 Named to National Humanities Leadership Council

Jacob Hane ’22 and Nyaari Kothiya ’23 are among 17 undergraduates from across the U.S. selected to serve on the National Humanities Center’s inaugural National Humanities Leadership Council.

Luke Cohen-Abeles '23

Cohen-Abeles ’23 Researching Parkinson’s at Biogen

Luke Cohen-Abeles ’23 is working as a neurodegenerative disease intern this summer at Biogen, a biotechnology company that studies neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s, and develops treatment methods.

Careers After Hamilton

Hamilton graduates who concentrated in biochemistry/molecular biology are pursuing careers in a variety of fields, including:

  • Director, U.S. Regulatory Affairs, Pfizer Foundation
  • Clinical Fellow, National Cancer Institute
  • Plastic Surgeon, New York University Medical Center
  • Neurosurgery Resident, Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Senior Operations Analyst, Baxter Healthcare
  • Pediatric Cardiologist, Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Contact

Department Name

Biochemistry / Molecular Biology Program

Office Location
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

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