Our Mission is to conduct world-class research in biochemistry and molecular medicine. To excel in undergraduate, graduate and medical education, and to serve the university through leadership in forums committed to graduate and professional school admissions and curriculum.

The research interests of the departmental faculty are focused in the fundamental molecular aspects of cell biology, gene expression, cancer biology, membrane biology, glycobiology, neurobiology, muscle physiology, human genetics, chemical and structural biology, molecular imaging and drug development. In addition to innovative research activities, faculty are involved in the teaching and training of medical and doctoral students.

At the Davis Campus, the department maintains laboratories at Tupper Hall, the Genome Building and in the Department of Chemistry. At the Sacramento Campus, the department maintains laboratories at the Oak Park Research Building, Research I and III Buildings, and the MIND Institute.

The department’s primary research funding comes from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and a wide variety of Private agencies.

The department’s teaching focus includes, Lower Division courses, Graduate courses, and Professional courses for medical students.

Department News

New Compound Related to Psychedelic Ibogaine Could Treat Addiction, Depression

David Olson, Ph.D.

A non-hallucinogenic version of the psychedelic drug ibogaine, with potential for treating addiction, depression and other psychiatric disorders, has been developed by researchers at the University of California, Davis. A paper describing the work is published Dec. 9 in Nature.

“Psychedelics are some of the most powerful drugs we know of that affect the brain,” said David Olson, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry and molecular medicine at UC Davis and senior author on the paper. “It’s unbelievable how little we know about them.”

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24 researchers among top 10% for NIH research funding

Kit S. Lam, M.D., Ph.D.Chengji Zhou, Ph.D.Twenty-four principal investigators from the UC Davis School of Medicine, that included the departmental faculty members, Kit S. Lam, M.D., Ph.D. and Chengji Zhou, Ph.D., ranked in the top 10% of their respective fields for 2019 National Institute of Health (NIH) funding, according to the Blue Ridge rankings.

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School of Medicine team contributes to special issue of Birth Defects Research

Birth Defects Research A UC Davis research team, consisting of postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates led by Chengji Zhou, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine, has made major contributions to the latest issue of Birth Defects Research. This issue was published online this month.

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