Department of

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

EST. 1924

Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Edward A. Doisy, Ph.D.

Nobel Laureate and
Department Founder

An Extraordinary Legacy

  • 1 Nobel Laureate

  • 2 Members, National Academy of Sciences

  • 1 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

  • 1 Pew Scholar

  • 2 Members, National Academy of Inventors

  • 3 Fellows, Academy of Science of St. Louis

An Exciting Future

  • Our Past: Learn more about the history of our department and our legacy of scientific excellence.

  • Our Present: View the current Faculty Research, see highlighted Faculty Publications from 2021, and learn about our Graduate Education program and the new Waheed Scholarship.

  • Our Future: Plans for our Centennial Celebration are already underway!

    Click below to learn more about the new William S. Sly Centennial Chair and submit your updated contact info to stay informed about department news and upcoming events.

Department Stats

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Department Committees

Committee on the Doisy Fund

  • Yuna Ayala, Ph.D.
  • Ángel Baldán, Ph.D.
  • Enrico Di Cera, M.D.
  • Kathleen E. Doisy, M.S.
  • Oleg Kisselev, Ph.D.
  • Krista Lentine, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Marie Reynolds
  • Eleonore Stump, Ph.D.

Outcomes from the Doisy Committee Meeting on December 9, 2021

Incentives for Primary and Secondary BMB Faculty:

  • Matching of JIT grants from the ICTS.
  • The stipend of Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students in Biochemistry who have passed the qualifying exam will be supported in full by the BMB Doisy Fund.
  • These students will be named “Doisy Scholars” and will also receive an unrestricted grant toward their research and education activities, paid from funds available to the Chair of BMB.
  • Students on an extramural fellowship will receive the unrestricted grant and their lab will receive the equivalent of their “Doisy Scholar” stipend as unrestricted funds for research.

Incentives for Primary BMB Faculty:

  • Matching of the SLU non-salary incentive.
  • Salary bonus for any new grant with full indirect costs recovery (51.5%). The BMB faculty must be the PI on the new grant.
  • Salary bonus for any publication in a journal with impact factor >10. The BMB faculty must be the corresponding Author on the publication.

Future allocations of the BMB Doisy Fund will continue to support recruitment, students, instrumentation, and faculty incentives.

Committee on Instrumentation and Cores

  • Edwin Antony, Ph.D.
  • Yuna Ayala, Ph.D.
  • Angel Baldan, Ph.D.
  • Tomasz Heyduk, Ph.D.
  • Michelle Pherson, Ph.D.
  • Nicola Pozzi, Ph.D.

Committee on Communication

  • Tracey Baird
  • Enrico Di Cera, M.D.
  • Joel Eissenberg, Ph.D.
  • Zachary Montague
  • Angela Spencer

BMB Training Committee

  • Edwin Antony, Ph.D.
  • Yuna Ayala, Ph.D.
  • Susana Gonzalo, Ph.D.
  • Zachary Grese, M.D./Ph.D. Student, Student Rep
  • Tomasz Heyduk, Ph.D.
  • Bassem Mohammed, Ph.D., Postdoc Rep
  • Marie Reynolds
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BMB has established a partnership with the Washington University Center for Cellular Imaging (WUCCI) through the joint acquisition of a new Glacios 200 kV cryo-EM microscope financed by a strategic investment of the Doisy Fund in Biochemistry. The partnership gives all SLU researchers access to the WUCCI with the same priority, costs, and technical assistance available to WU investigators.

The new Glacios complements the WUCCI’s pre-existing Titan Krios 300 kV cryo-EM and has significantly expanded the workflow of many labs at both WU and SLU, thereby benefiting the entire scientific community of the greater St. Louis region.

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