Biological chemistry focuses on how organic molecules function and, in turn, then can be used to address medical problems. The research carried out by first-year students in the Biomedical Chemistry research stream at Binghamton University contributes to better understanding of how to improve targeted delivery of biomedicine in the human body. In particular, the stream research focuses on understanding the role and requirement of biomolecules in neurological disorders and cancer. Researchers within this steam will identify molecular targets for therapeutic treatment.
Biomedical Chemistry is cross-disciplinary in nature
Biomedical Chemistry research intersects the traditional disciplines of Pharmacology, Chemistry, Genetics, Biology, Medicinal Chemistry, Cellular Biology, Neurochemistry, and Molecular Biology. The research questions our FRI students explore are to investigate biomolecules in neurodegenerative diseases and cancer to better understand how they function and, in turn, provide insight in targeting and designing novel medicinal therapies.
All of the research projects in this field will advance medicinal practices. Each discipline, neurochemistry, genetics, molecular and cellular biology, biophysics, medicinal chemistry, and pharmacology, is intertwined to allow for an increased understanding of cellular complexities and will aid in developing therapeutic avenues to support public health.
Biomedical Chemistry Research Educator
“If you are a researcher, you are an educator!” is the mantra of Dr. Susan Flynn, the Biomedical Chemistry Research Educator. Dr. Flynn believes every research scientist, at each phase of their career, is a mentor and incorporates this philosophy into her pedagogical practice. Her research will identify molecular targets and improve delivery for therapeutic treatment of neurological disorders and cancer by providing insight to the role and requirement of biomolecules. While working to innovate in the classroom and laboratory, she is continuously inspired by her students’ advances and has started to explore best practices for student discovery and the impact of participating in an early, authentic research experience. She has mentored over 200 researchers and encourages an open and collaborative research environment.