Department of

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

EST. 1924

Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Edward A. Doisy, Ph.D.

Nobel Laureate and
Department Founder

Our 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

Our Future

Plans for our Centennial Celebration are already underway!

Our Past

Learn more about the history of our department and our legacy of scientific excellence.

Click to learn more about the new William S. Sly Centennial Chair and other exciting developments.

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Department Stats

External Grant Expenditures
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Doisy Scholar Program

Biochemistry Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students who have passed their qualifying exams are designated Doisy Scholars and receive the following benefits:

  • The stipends of Doisy Scholars are supported in full by the BMB Doisy Fund through their 5th year of graduate school.
  • Scholars receive an unrestricted grant each year toward their research and education activities, provided by the BMB Chair.
Rafael Cancado De Faria

Rafael Cancado de Faria

Haley Carlson

Haley Carlson

Amelia Fox

Amelia Fox

Christy Hadfield

Christy Hadfield

Cassie Kukla

Cassie Kukla

Hannah Lupton

Hannah Lupton

Reagan McGuffee

Reagan McGuffee

Barbara Teodoro Castro

Barbara Teodoro Castro

Rachel Weiss

Rachel Weiss

Jaclyn Whalen

Jaclyn Whalen

Department Committees

Doisy Fund

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

Instrumentation and Cores

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


  • Edwin Antony, Ph.D.
  • Yuna Ayala, Ph.D., Chair
  • Susana Gonzalo, Ph.D.
  • Tomasz Heyduk, Ph.D.
  • Cassie Kukla, Ph.D. Student, Student Rep
  • LaChina McCoy
  • Nathan Ponzar, Ph.D., Postdoc Rep
BMB Faculty Incentives

SLU Incentives

  • F&A Rebate: Percentage of F&A rebated to 2-fund
  • Non-salary incentive: Half of salary recovered beyond 50% rebated to 2-fund
  • Salary bonus from the faculty compensation plan for faculty who have recovered 50% or more of their total compensation from extramural sources as a 3-year rolling average from preceding FYs

Primary Faculty

  • Matching of the SLU non-salary incentive
  • Salary bonus for faculty with salary recovery from extramural sources of at least 50% (Assistant Professor), 60% (Associate Professor), or 70% (Professor). Salary recovery in excess of these levels will be rebated to a 2- fund for research use
  • Salary bonus for any grant, new or renewal, with BMB faculty as the PI, generating full indirect costs, and providing at least 4 years of funding
  • Salary bonus for new publications with BMB faculty as the corresponding author in journals with an impact factor greater than 10

Primary & Secondary Faculty

  • Matching of JIT grants from the ICTS
  • Student support through the Doisy Scholar Program
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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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High Impact Publications
Papers highlighted below were published in journals with an impact factor of 10 or greater.
All papers were published within the past year.
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Faculty Funding News

Congratulations to our faculty members who have recently received new or renewal grant funding!

Welcome to Tinghai Xu

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Recent Publications in the Department
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