Welcome from the Chair  

2014-15 was an exciting and busy year in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB). Over the course of the past year, the department completed a five-year comprehensive review. In reviewing the materials for this exercise, I was constantly amazed by the quality of our students. Typically, over one-third of our undergraduate majors graduate with distinction (cum laude or higher), but this past year, over 47% were recognized in this manner. In addition, BMB boasts one of the highest percentages of majors in the University’s Honors College. Despite the rigor of the program, we have seen a greater than 10% growth in the major every year since 2009, with 83 students in the 2014 BMB freshmen class pushing the total number of undergraduate majors to over 240. The department was successful in recruiting an outstanding entering class of nine Ph.D. and three M.S. students. In 2015, CSU BMB was ranked 9th in the Top 25 Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology Programs by GraduatePrograms.com.


As we look ahead to 2015-16, we see both opportunities and challenges. The growth in the undergraduate major is exciting and we look forward to the challenge of keeping that “small college experience in a large research university” culture within the program as our numbers grow.


P. Shing Ho

Department Chair

  Featured News  
New Institute for Genome Architecture and Function
CSU introduces the new Institute for Genome Architecture and Function; three of the seven founding investigators are faculty within BMB.
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Professor Norman Curthoys Retires After 38 Years
After 38 years in the professorial ranks, 28 of those years at Colorado State University, Professor Norman P. Curthoys retired at the end of the Spring 2015 academic semester.
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BMB Welcomes Two New Assistant Professors

The department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology is pleased to announce the addition of two assistant professors: Steven Markus and Tim Stasevich. Prior to joining the CSU BMB faculty, Tim spent a year at Janelia Farm, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Campus, to help develop new methods to track single-moleculs in live cells.

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Congratulations 2014-15 Graduates!

Degrees awarded 2014-15.

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Awards & Scholarships

Awards & scholarships awarded in Spring 2015.

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  Jamie Carr Memorial Scholarship Fund  

Jamie Carr was born in 1981 and raised on the western slope of Colorado in the small town of Hotchkiss. Jamie grew up on an orchard and learned to enjoy nature as a child. She attended Colorado State University (CSU) on a full scholarship as a McNair scholar and earned her B.S. in Biochemistry with an emphasis in Chemistry. The Jamie Carr Memorial Scholarship was created in March 2013 after Jamie was tragically killed in a pedestrian traffic accident. Jamie was a beautiful, brilliant, high-heeled scientist! She had a wicked sense of humor and an infectious smile that lit up any room. The goal of the Jamie Carr Memorial Scholarship is to assist and encourage young people who embody Jamie's spirit, style, and intelligence. The recipient will be a full-time undergraduate student majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


Donations can be made by check payable to the CSU Foundation with "Jamie Carr Memorial Scholarship" in the memo line and mailed to:

Colorado State University Foundation
P. O. Box 1870
Fort Collins, CO 80522-1870


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