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Institute of Biological Chemistry

The Institute of Biological Chemistry (IBC) is a leader in basic plant biology research and education with a strong focus on biochemistry, biophysics, and cell biology. IBC’s mission is to make and translate fundamental discoveries in plant sciences to improve human life and environmental resilience of crop plants, while training the next generation of molecular plant science researchers.
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Montana (Tana) Rayburn, graduate student, from the Roje Lab participated in the science communication hackathon at the annual ASPB’s Plant Biology 2023 Meeting.  Her and her team won First Prize! First prize is free registration and hotel stay at next year’s conference.
August 2023

IBC faculty Laura Bartley becomes the Director of the Molecular Plant Sciences Graduate Program at WSU.
August 2023

A consortium of WSU and U of Idaho researchers, led by IBC faculty Helmut Kirchhoff, received funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to set up an advanced plant phenotyping facility (PhenoPlant).
August 2023

IBC faculty Mark Lange received a Department of Energy grant for studying structure-function relationships in plant terpene synthases.
May 2023

IBC faculty John Browse receives the Charles Reid Barnes Life Membership Award from the American Society of Plant Biologists.
May 2023

IBC graduate student Jeremy Boutin (Lange laboratory) receives the Worthy, DePauw & Wang Service Leadership Award of the Graduate and Professional Student Association at WSU.
April 2023

IBC postdoctoral researcher Abdul Azeez (Bates laboratory) is promoted to Research Assistant Professor.
April 2023

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The Institute of Biological Chemistry is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environments for all students, staff, and faculty. We believe that access and opportunity to engage in education and research should not be limited by one’s origin, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexuality, socioeconomic status, apparent and non-apparent disability, religious affiliation, immigration status, or political opinion. Unique perspectives and experiences are integral to advance our mission in and out of the laboratory. 

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