Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Saint Louis University - School of Medicine

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A Decade of Progress


75% Increase in
External Grant Funding


415 Total Publications;
16% in High Impact Factor Journals


36 Awards
(Including a Pew Scholar)


16 Ph.D. Graduates
5 M.D./Ph.D. Graduates

In Memoriam: James D. Shoemaker, M.D., Ph.D.

Impact of Research in BMB: Dr. Shoemaker's Remarkable Correction of a Misdiagnosis

James D. Shoemaker, M.D., Ph.D. (1953-2020), spent his career at Saint Louis University School of Medicine perfecting and implementing the application of gas chromatography/mass spectrometry to the diagnosis of inborn errors of metabolism. He combined a comprehensive grasp of human metabolism with rigorous biochemistry to compile a massive database of metabolic intermediates that were signatures for genetic disorders.
When Patti Stallings was convicted and sentenced to life without parole for poisoning her newborn son with antifreeze, William Sly, M.D., alerted Dr. Shoemaker to the case and a possible misdiagnosis after viewing the story on Unsolved Mysteries. Thanks to Dr. Shoemaker’s careful analysis, he was able to show that toxicology testing had mistaken a metabolic intermediate of the genetic disorder, Methylmalonate Acidemia, for antifreeze. This finding ultimately led to Patti Stalling’s exoneration. Read the full details of the story, for which Dr. Shoemaker was a hero, on Wikipedia.
Please read Dr. Shoemaker’s obituary on the Legacy.com website and on Newslink.

WUCCI-SLU Agreement

SLU and Washington University have signed a collaboration agreement involving the WU Center for Cellular Imaging (WUCCI).



Announcing the

Centennial Chair

in Biochemistry


The Centennial Chair in Biochemistry:
Celebrating 100 Years of Scientific Excellence

The Edward A. Doisy Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology was founded in 1924.

Named after its founder, a 1943 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine and Saint Louis University benefactor, the Edward A. Doisy Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology within the Saint Louis University School of Medicine continues a tradition of excellence in research that pushes the frontiers of basic and translational science. Over the past decade, the Department has gained prominence by cultivating talented faculty, garnering numerous accolades, expanding extramural funding by 75%, and publishing impactful work in the field.

As an important milestone approaches in 2024, the Department prepares to celebrate 100 years of scientific success that remains unsurpassed among Jesuit academic institutions. Endowing the Centennial Chair in Biochemistry will provide much needed resources to recruit and retain scientific talent, thereby continuing and expanding the upward trajectory of scientific achievement in the Department and at Saint Louis University.

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