Biochemistry is the field of study of the chemical basis of biological processes. As research develops, the field uses new tools and approaches to address problems in more detail. 

Biochemistry began here even before the founding of Vanderbilt University with lectures being given in the Medical Department of the University of Nashville in 1851, with the Department of Biochemistry starting under that name in 1925. Through its history since then the Department has flourished under the direction of five chairmen and currently has 20 primary faculty and a Ph.D. program. The offices and laboratories are in Light Hall, the Robinson Research Building, the Preston Research Building, and Medical Research Building III (see maps), administratively part of the School of Medicine. Ph.D. degrees have been granted in the Department since 1926.

Over the years, faculty in the Department of Biochemistry have received considerable recognition, including receipt of major University awards, election to the National Academy of Sciences, and a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (Stanley Cohen, 1986). Although formal ratings of biochemistry departments are not made, the Department of Biochemistry in 2010 received more funding from the National Institutes of Health than any other Biochemistry Department in the nation. We are proud of our history and current status, and we strive towards continued excellence in research, training, and service in the field of biochemistry.

We invite queries regarding graduate studies, postdoctoral training, and faculty positions. Welcome to our website.

Renovation of the Biochemistry Department Office on the 6th floor of Light Hall

Our space on the sixth floor of Light Hall is currently under construction.  Phase 1 is to be completed in summer of 2015. Phase 2 will be completed at a later date. The lab space will be occupied by Drs. Ascano, Carter, Cortez, and Hodges, for now.  The departmental office will also house members of the POD 2 Financial team. Click on either image below to view a larger version of the Phases 1 and 2 floor plans.





Click on the image below to view multiple artistic renderings of our new space.


Click here for photos of the construction process.