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Department of Biochemistry

The Department of Biochemistry at WVU focuses on interdisciplinary education and diverse research opportunities to perform transformative cutting-edge research in a stimulating training environment. Our active research in metabolism, vision, cancer, and neurodegeneration work in collaboration with each other to find solutions to diseases by understanding the molecular basis.

Collaboration. Solutions. Success.

Our mission is to understand the molecular basis of disease in metabolism, cancer, vision, and neurodegeneration.

Who We Are

A head shot photo of Jianhai Du.

Jianhai Du


“Being a scientist means you see the positive effect of your work on others. I'm thrilled every time to read letters from patients or researchers who linked our findings to their symptoms or research interest. It's also gratifying to see growth in the trainees in the lab.”

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