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Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, & Genetics

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Genetics

NMSU faculty study fundamental biological problems at the organismal, cellular, and molecular levels, through the disciplines of biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetics.  NMSU research in this area includes drought- and disease-resistance genes in plants and livestock, and multiple projects to study their genetic characteristics, protein structure and function, cell-cycle events, organ development, and human-pathogen interaction.  In 2011, NMSU had more than $10 million in current funding from 21 sponsors in support of biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics research.

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NMSU Resources

NMSU biochemistry, microbiology and genetics resources include: 

  • Microscopy suite of the Core University Research Resources Laboratory
  • Molecular Biology Core Instrumentation Facilities, featuring
    • DNA amplification, quantitation, and analysis
    • Scintillation spectrometry
    • Bench-top fermentation
    • BLS-2-certified tissue culture capability
  • Molecular Biology Informatics Facilities, featuring
    • PC network and staff workstations
    • Beowulf cluster for high-throughput parallel computing
    • Markov modeling capability (HMMER software)
  • Chemistry & Biochemistry Core Structure Determination Facilities, featuring
    • Nuclear magnetic resonance: 300, 400, and 500 MHz
    • Spectrophotometry: Diode array, fluorescence, UV/VIS
    • Spectrometry: FTIR, IR, GC/MS, atomic absorption
    • Spectrofluorimetry
    • Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) mass spectrography (MS)
    • Circular Dichroism spectropolarimetry
       

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