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» Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Students in our biochemistry and molecular biology program conduct independent research projects under the mentorship of research active Faculty members. 

The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) at Chapman University conforms to the guidelines provided by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). In addition, students in the program have a wide variety of options regarding specialization into topics and areas of interest.

+ - Where can this degree take you?

Our research activities are representative of many contemporary disciplines in academia, industry, and government, and prepare students graduating with our BMB degree for the competitive workforce active in various fields.

Major advances in these areas now come from an understanding of molecular biochemistry and biochemical technology, and as such, our degree prepares students for:

  • medical, dental, pharmacy, and other allied health care fields
  • graduate school in various bioscience fields
  • employment as a biochemist or biomedical scientist in government and industries which involve recombinant DNA technologies, stem cell research, gene therapy, drug design, genomics and proteomics, genetic engineering and molecular biology

The BMB degree also offers a path to various integrated degree programs:

Learn More about Integrate Degree Programs

+ - Faculty

Our Faculty scientists are well connected with and recognized by local institutions, including the University of California at Irvine (UCI), the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), Medtronic, and others.

Furthermore, several Faculty are jointly appointed with other Chapman Colleges and Schools, including the Crean School of Health and Behavioral Sciences in Orange and the School of Pharmacy at Chapman University's Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine.

Our Faculty in alphabetical order

Dr. Marco Bisoffi
Associate Professor, Head of Faculty

Dr. Elaine Benaksas-Schwartz
Associate Professor, Director of Chemistry, Assistant Dean of External Relations

Dr. Nicolai Bonne
Assistant Professor

Dr. Peter Chang
Assistant Professor

Dr. Mike Griffin
Professor, Founder of the Chapman University BMB Program

Dr. Cedric Owens
Assistant Professor

Dr. Melissa Rowland-Goldsmith
Associate Professor

Dr. Dan Wellman
Associate Professor

Looking for someone in particular? View our searchable faculty directory.

+ - Research Opportunities and Capstone Experience

Students graduating with a BMB degree conduct independent research projects (the capstone experience) under the mentorship of research active Faculty members at Chapman University who are funded internally by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity or have secured extramural support from reputable foundations, including:

  • National Science Foundation
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Department of Defense
  • American Chemical Society

Students can also assume internship positions at local companies, or work at other academic institutions (upon approval from Chapman Faculty) towards fulfilling their capstone requirement. 

Through these connections and collaborations, Faculty scientists and students are currently researching fascinating topics such as:

  • How pomegranate juice extract and caffeine inhibit pancreatic cancer cell growth
  • How synthetic analogs of curcumin suppress prostate and pancreatic cancer cells
  • What signal transduction pathways define pre-malignant prostate cancer cells
  • What biomarkers of prostate cancer can be used for better diagnosis
  • How nanoparticles and cell-penetrating peptides can be used as drug-delivery systems
  • How molecules and extracellular vesicles released from muscle affect cancer cells
  • What genetic, biochemical, and structural mechanisms regulate the catalysis of biological nitrogen fixation and the bacterial conversion of dinitrogen to ammonia by the enzyme nitrogenase

Additionally, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology Dr. Marco Bisoffi dedicates his time to studying cancer, specifically of the breast and prostate. Giving Chapman University students a special and rare opportunity at the undergraduate level, Bisoffi works side by side with students in the lab to generate data on this vital research endeavor.

+ - Advising for Students

Need to talk to your program advisor? Looking for a MAP (Major Academic Plan)? Curious about Pre-Med and Pre-Health? Check out these links below:

Academic Advising portal: Find program advisor contact information and Major Academic Plans

Pre-Med and Pre-Health Advising

+ - Contact Us

Brad Agrums
Administrative Assistant
Hashinger Science Center 106
(714) 628-7230
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