About Biochemistry & Biophysics


Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Gregory D. Reinhart, Professor and Head
gdr@tamu.edu (979) 845-5032

Our History

Since 1947, our department has been at the core of the molecular life sciences at Texas A&M. Offering one of the first biochemical genetics course in the nation in 1953, we have seen spectacular growth of our department as we delve deeper into the realms of the chemical and atomic determinants of life. Our expansion has been so great that Texas A&M has now grown into a world-class research university, 19th in research and development expenditures by the National Science Foundation.

As we continue to grow, the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics extends its reach in teaching and research. Every semester about 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students take our course offerings and more than 40 departmental faculty, 35 post-doctoral scientists, 80 doctoral students, and 300 undergraduates are involved in our academic and research programs.

Our Facilities

Our students and faculty benefit greatly from the strong research infrastructure at Texas A&M and the state-of-the-art facilities maintained by our department. This includes our Biochemistry Building, which houses:

  • over 90,000 square feet of laboratories, lecture halls, and office space
  • new NMR center
  • microcomputer center
  • x-ray crystallography and molecular graphics facility
  • large equipment such as centrifuges, environmental chambers, and an ultracold freezer
  • The AgCafe – dining area with soups, salads, sandwiches, and pasta

The Medical Sciences Library, with major works in biomedical sciences and clinical medicine, is only a short walk from the Biochemistry Building. There, students and staff can also utilize computer services to search scientific literature and on-line editions of many journals. All of this and other amenities are available for common use by our students and staff.