The Department maintains modern, state-of-the-art research facilities. The Biochemistry Building, a 166,000 square foot structure with over 90,000 square feet of laboratory and office space, was opened in 1989. The first floor is the location of the NMR center, as well as departmental offices, lecture halls, the Bioinformatics Classroom, the Biochemistry stockroom, and the AgCaFe, which serves convenient meals and snacks to students, faculty and staff.
The second floor houses x-ray crystallographic and molecular graphics facilities, as well as modern teaching labs and prep rooms. The third and fourth floors contain 48 research laboratory modules occupied by the different research groups, as well as specialty rooms for animal and plant tissue culture and biohazard isolation, the Protein Chemistry Laboratory, and meeting rooms.
Large equipment (centrifuges, environmental chambers and ultracold freezers) is clustered in common equipment hallways, and we are proud of our long tradition that all of the large equipment in the Department is available for the common use of our entire research community. Biochemistry students also benefit from the strong research infrastructure at Texas A&M University, including extensive instrumentation available in the Departments of Chemistry and Biology and core facilities that provide automated DNA sequencing and synthesis.
The Biochemistry Building is only a short walk from the Medical Sciences Library, which houses collections of journals and books that encompass the basic biomedical sciences and major works in clinical medicine. The Texas A&M University library subscribes to approximately 1,700 journals. Computer services to search the scientific literature, as well as on-line editions of many journals, are freely available to students and staff at Texas A&M.