Department of Biological Chemistry

The Biological Chemistry Department faculty conduct cellular and molecular research to study basic biology and the origins and treatments of human disease. Among their targets are protein, metabolic and genetic controls of disease, and cell growth and differentiation in various biological systems, including skin, hair, fat and sensory nerves. Faculty member Dr. Peter Agre was co-recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his lab's discovery of aquaporin water channels. Faculty are associated with the Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Program, the Graduate Training Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine and the Predoctoral Training Program in Human Genetics.


Michael Caterina, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Solomon H. Snyder Professor
  • Director, Neurosurgery Pain Research Institute
  • Interim Director, Department of Biological Chemistry
  • Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Professor of Biological Chemistry
  • Professor of Neuroscience