The Department of Biochemistry at Duke University has a long and rich history of research accomplishments at the cutting edges of biological and chemical research. The Department also contributes to an unusually broad educational mission, training and teaching undergraduate, graduate and medical students. Currently, the department comprises 21 primary and 12 secondary faculty members, 5 active emeritus members, 3 adjunct professors and over 60 graduate students and approximately 20 postdoctoral fellows and research associates. The Department occupies approximately 35,000 sq. ft. of the Nanaline Duke Building and 5500 sq. ft. of the adjacent Sands Building, all of which have been newly renovated.
The world-class research programs in the Department have been recognized by highly cited publications that are now included in textbooks, major journal editorships, provision of world-wide research resources, and numerous awards, including two Nobel Prizes in Chemistry (in 2012 and 2015), memberships in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, eight named Chairs, five members of the National Academy of Sciences, five members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, three members of the National Academy of Medicine, and three members of the American Academy of Microbiology.
All of the basic science departments within the Duke University School of Medicine, including Biochemistry, are located in adjacent buildings along the two sides of Research Drive, promoting frequent interdepartmental interactions and productive collaborations. We also benefit greatly from a physical location immediately adjacent to the main Duke campus and the newly opened Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center for Health Education. The main quad, the beautiful Duke Chapel and Duke Gardens, the School of Engineering, the Departments of Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Computer Science, and even the legendary Cameron Indoor Stadium, are all within a few minutes’ walk from the front door of the Department of Biochemistry.