Chair’s Welcome Message

Chair’s Welcome Message

Rong Li in labWelcome

As department chair, I welcome you to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine homepage. As our basic science-focused department approaches its centennial anniversary, we are profoundly proud of its lustrous history of academic excellence in research and education. Built upon these accomplishments and the current research expertise in the department, we are eager to achieve more cross-pollination and scientific synergy both in and outside the department. In addition, ongoing faculty recruitment will complement our existing scientific strengths and further enhance the integral role of our department in addressing major health- and disease-related challenges through innovative multidisciplinary research.

Organically coupled to our research endeavors is our longstanding education mission and commitment to training the next generation of leading scientists in biomedicine. Our PhD training is an integral component of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBS) at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. In addition, the MS program in Bioinformatics and Molecular Biochemistry provides an excellent training venue that meets the rapidly growing needs of biomedical research, especially in the areas of health-related data science. We welcome highly motivated pre- and postdoctoral trainees who aspire to innovative research under rigorous mentorship in a caring and intellectually stimulating academic environment.

Our department and the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences are located in the heart of Washington, D.C. It is one of the most vibrant parts of the city, with convenient public transportation and unparalleled cultural and historical ambience. The White House, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank are within blocks of the university. National biomedical and scientific policy-related organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, National Sciences Foundation, Food and Drug Administration, and Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology are all nearby. Thus, our department is centrally located to improve health and foster scientific progress at the local, national, and global levels. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any comments and suggestions.

Rong Li
Professor and Chair