Congratulations to Our IDP Foundation Research Innovation Award Recipients!

Dr. Lillian Eichner, Dr. Clara Peek, and Dr. Navdeep Chandel

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Annual BMG Holiday Luncheon

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Ali Shilatifard, PhD

Recipient of the 2022 National Cancer Institute Outstanding Investigator Award

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Jennifer Doudna, PhD

CRISPR pioneer named inaugural winner of the Kimberly Prize.

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Recent Faculty Promotions

See the latest Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics faculty members to be promoted.

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Our Department

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics is dedicated to providing cutting-edge research and education that improves our understanding of the structure and function of genes on a molecular level and of the chemical processes within and related to living organisms and ideas pathogenesis.


Brianna Mnre, MS

Brianna Monroe, MS

Receives four awards in the BioCommunications BioImages Competition!

Top Left: Award of Excellence Top Right: Image of Distinction Bottom Left: Image of Merit Bottom Right: Image of Merit

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Marc Mendill, PhD

Marc Mendillo, PhD

Assistant Professor Marc Mendillo, PhD, receives NIH/NIGMS R01 grant. Title: Regulation and interplay of Heat Shock Factors in growth-associated proteotoxic stresses

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Clara Peek, PhD

Clara Peek, PhD

Assistant Professor Clara Peek, PhD, receives NIH/NIDDK R01 grant. Title: Clock Control of Muscle Glucose Metabolism and HIF Activity

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Lillian Eichner, PhD

Lillian Eichner, PhD

Assistant Professor Lillian Eichner, PhD, receives the NCI Transition Career Development Award (K22)

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L Wang, PhD

Lu Wang, PhD

Assistant Professor Lu Wang, PhD, receives NIGMS Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) (R35)

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Issam Ben-Sahra, PhD

Issam Ben-Sahra, PhD

Assistant Professor Issam Ben-Sahra, PhD, receives NIH/NIGMS R01 grant funding. Title: Regulation of de novo purine synthesis by the MAPK/ERK pathway

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Mara Iwanaszk, PhD

Marta Iwanaszko, PhD

Research Assistant Professor Marta Iwanaszko, PhD, receives NCI R50 funding. Title: Computational Approaches for Studying Transcription Elongation Control in Cancer

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Sephen Lander

Stephen Lander

G3 MD/PhD student receives the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31-Diversity) grant. The title of the project is “Elucidating mechanisms of acetylcholine signaling in bacterial biofilms”. 

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Elizabeh McNally, MD/PhD

Elizabeth McNally, MD/PhD

Elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

Feng Ye, PhD

Feng Yue, PhD

Honored at investiture ceremony for endowed professorship.

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Research Resources


Browse our archive of recent publications to catch up on the latest discoveries from within our laboratories.

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Basic Science Labs

Learn more about the work done in our basic science labs and the investigators leading their efforts.

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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Simpson Querrey, 7th Floor
303 E. Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611

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Basic Science Administration

Our department is supported by the Basic Science Administration group. The team provides assistance related to research and financial administration, professional affairs, facilities and communications.

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