Explore life at the molecular level

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB)

Catalyze your first career steps with Otterbein鈥檚 Major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology!聽 Whether your career interests are in medicine, research and development, human health, or you are just interested in how cells function and medications work, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is for you. Our program is one of only 100 programs nationally that have been accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.聽 In BMB, students can get involved in research as soon as their freshman year, undertake shadowing and internship experiences at area hospitals and biotech companies, and have opportunities to travel or activities with our numerous student organizations.

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Student, Faculty, & Alumni Spotlights

Nina Patel

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Otterbein is a place you wish you had more time. This is the place I鈥檝e matured, called home, and made amazing friends and connections. It is a central place of endless opportunities and unique experiences.

Nina Patel 鈥22

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major

Nina says her admission into Otterbein鈥檚 Pre-Medicine Early Assurance Program was her greatest achievement. She will be attending medical school at Ohio University鈥檚 College of Osteopathic Medicine this fall.

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Considering research? Students at Otterbein can get involved in research as early as their freshman year. Many are published authors on papers and present data at national scientific conferences.鈥

Our student organization (the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Student Chapter) has won national chapter of the year three times!

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Dr. Bennett has been very important in shaping my academic experience 鈥 the opportunity to join her lab, help with the path to medical school and she helped me get a poster presentation accepted at the ASM Microbe conference.

John Peck ’21

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John鈥檚 learned that 鈥渘o task is too great if you鈥檙e willing to work hard and surround yourself with the right people.鈥

I love the freedom Otterbein offers. This is a place where I can authentically be myself. I have found my best friends and formed great relationships.

Adriane Weininger '22 BMB Major


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Dr. John Tansey recently authored a new textbook 鈥淏iochemistry: An Integrative Approach鈥. In addition to the text, online resources include videos of Dr. Tansey solving problems from the text, electronic homework, and Dynamic Figures; an interactive, web-based tool for exploring biological molecules. Dr. Tansey says that writing the book was a lot of fun.

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Pre-Professional Health Studies at Otterbein

At 澳门开奖现场, you will work with your academic and pre-professional health advisors to form an individualized 4 year-schedule of聽classes which will allow you to complete both the requirements for your聽chosen major (which can include BMB or other science majors) and the聽necessary pre-requisites for your chosen professional school:

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  • 笔谤别-翱辫迟辞尘别迟谤测鈥
  • Pre-Osteopathic Medicine鈥
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  • Pre-Physician鈥檚 Assistant鈥
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine鈥
  • And more!

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Program Features & Student Opportunities

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Internships and Professional Experiences

We partner with leaders in聽biomedical research and health care聽to find individualized professional聽experiences.

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Student Research

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology majors at Otterbein can get involved in research as early as their freshman year.

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We believe in investing in聽talent-from from research funding to travel聽support to scholarships that will fuel聽your discovery and learning.

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Teaching and Mentoring

Get to know faculty mentors who will help you develop professionally and personally.

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Student Organizations

From professional networking, to scientific outreach, to socializing we have an organization for you!

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Professor John Tansey Named Fellow of National Scientific Society

澳门开奖现场 congratulates Professor John Tansey, director of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program, for being named a fellow of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). The ASBMB will induct Tansey and 16 other members into the 2024 class at its annual meeting,聽Discover BMB, in San Antonio in March. ASBMB selects fellows based on their outstanding commitment to the ASBMB through participation in the society, as well as accomplishments in research, education, mentorship, diversity and inclusion, advocacy,鈥

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How to run an ASBMB Student Chapter

A conversation with John Tansey, a professor at 澳门开奖现场 and adviser to the winner of the 2023 ASBMB Outstanding Chapter Award. https://www.asbmb.org/asbmb-today/education/092723/how-to-run-an-asbmb-student-chapter

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Otterbein senior Amanda Marchi

Biochemistry student finds true passion in student research

By: Isabelle Fisher 鈥23 Columbus native and rising Otterbein senior Amanda Marchi stays rooted in the Shear-McFadden Science Center, where she conducts research in the chemistry lab. Otterbein senior Amanda Marchi With a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a minor in Chemistry, Marchi even presented her own research at the American Chemical Society Spring 2023 conference in March at Indianapolis, Indiana. 鈥淩ight now, I鈥檓 doing research under Dr. Robin Grote in the chemistry department,鈥 Marchi said. 鈥淚鈥檝e been鈥

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Otterbein鈥檚 program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is accredited by the . It is one of only three programs in Ohio and 101 programs nationally with this level of accreditation. .

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