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The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Department of Immunology and Microbiology merged in January 2017 to form the new Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Biochemistry. 

While we build a unified website, information about our programs, students, staff, and faculty will remain available at our legacy websites:

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology have become central to the biological revolution that is transforming the life of all humans. Our goal is to prepare students for active participation in this exciting area of human endeavor, by investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying biological processes, with emphasis by focusing on the relationship between macromolecular structure and function. Our research programs range from investigations of the detailed interactions of biological molecules and to broad studies of evolutionary processes. The department has undergone a major expansion in the area of in structural biology, with new faculty who have nationally ranked programs in x-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance. Read more.

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Valvular Heart Disease
July 26 2017 at 7:00 AM
Harper University Hospital
Featuring Maram Marouki, M.D. Presented by the WSU Department of Anesthesiology.
Neurosurgery Grand Rounds
July 26 2017 at 8:00 AM
Harper Hospital Professional Building
8:00 - 10:00 AMCPCWilliam Kupsky, MD10:00 - 11:00 AMJournal ClubFaculty/Residents11:00 - 11:30 AMResident Wellness Initiative: Trivia Game Day!Residents/Faculty
IBio faculty candidate seminar with Joseph Schacht, Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina - “Neuroscience-informed treatment of alcohol use disorders”
August 14 2017 at 11:00 AM
Integrative Biosciences Center
The Wayne State University community is invited to attend an IBio faculty candidate seminar with guest speaker, Joseph Schacht, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry & behavioral sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), on August 14, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the first floor seminar room of IBio, located at 6135 Woodward. The seminar is free and open to the entire university community. Dr. Schacht will be presenting “Neuroscience-informed treatment of alcohol use disorders.” Dr. Schacht earned an A.B degree with highest distinction and honors in psychology and philosophy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a master's degree  in psychology and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and neuroscience from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and was a postdoc at MUSC prior to joining their faculty.  Abstract: “Personalized medicine” is the future of psychiatric treatment for addictive disorders. In this talk, Dr. Schacht will discuss recent advances in using clinical neuroscience, including genetics, functional neuroimaging, and personality differences, to identify optimal treatments for alcohol use disorders for individual patients. He will focus on the effects of common variants in the OPRM1 and DAT1 genes on naltrexone and aripiprazole response, and will present the results of a series of fMRI studies that have shown that reward-related brain activation is both an important tool for medication development and a predictor of treatment response. He will conclude by discussing future directions for his program of research. We hope you can join us for this interesting IBio seminar!
Detroit Regional Symposium on Marfan Syndrome and Related Disorders
September 9 2017 at 7:30 AM
First Presbyterian Church
Please join us for the Detroit Regional Symposium on Marfan Syndrome and Related Disorders to be held at the First Presbyterian Church. This full-day event offers both education and support programs that were created to increase your understanding of Marfan and related disorders, answer your questions about diagnosis and treatment, and improve the quality of your life. Topics pertaining to adults, teens, and children with Marfan and related disorders will be covered. The program also includes a Creating Connections Luncheon where you can spend time networking with people in your area who also have Marfan or a related disorder.  Special programs that emphasize fun and friendship are in place for children and teens. The opportunity to bond with other kids who face a similar medical condition can be extremely comforting for kids and give them the confidence to deal with whatever comes their way. There will also be speakers for the children and teens that address topics specific to their needs – away from their parents. Register at
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