Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Mission Statement

Our mission is to advance knowledge through innovative basic science research that uncovers biochemical and genetic mechanisms of diseases, such as cancer and inherited health disorders.  In the pursuit of this goal, we strongly believe that we perform best when everyone contributes to a respectful and inclusive environment in which we support each other.

Educational Activities

The department plays a major role in the teaching of the following modules of the Integrated Clinical Sciences for 1st year Medical Students: Foundations of Medicine; Cells, Blood & Cancer; and Gastrointestinal. Several MD, Ph.D. students conduct research in departmental laboratories. The department also welcomes MD students to conduct research during the summer or during term under the direction of selected mentors.

Each year 10-20 undergraduates from the University of Virginia join laboratories in the department to carry out primary research, often resulting in undergraduate thesis. Research is carried out both in the summer and during term.


Apply to the Program

Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics at UVA offers a comprehensive personalized program that incorporates didactic and practical training. Qualified students are admitted for work leading to the Doctorate in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. Students typically come to the department following entry through the Biomedical Sciences graduate program but there are other avenues of entry such as the M.D./Ph.D. program.

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UVA Study Reveals How Mutation Boosts Cancer Risk

Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have discovered how a common gene mutation robs people of natural cancer protection.

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Thomas Thompson

Professor Emeritus Thomas Thompson

Thomas Edward Thompson, Harry F. Byrd, Jr. Professor Emeritus and former Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, died on November 16th, 2021, at the Martha Jefferson House in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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UVA Discovery Suggests Potential New Treatment for Deadly Blood Cancer

A drug used to treat certain advanced breast cancers may offer a new treatment option for a deadly blood cancer known as myelofibrosis, new research from UVA Cancer Center suggests.

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Support Our Mission

Every researcher is dedicated to better results for patients. Your contribution, whatever its size, can help ensure we are able to offer the best care based on advanced medical research.