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The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Located within the University of Texas Medical Branch, the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is home to a a strong and diverse group of individuals including staff, faculty, technicians, graduate and medical students, fellows, and other scientists. Our two missions are research, which we define as the creation and application of new and important knowledge, and education, which spans activities from formal teaching to one on one mentoring. In both of these missions, teaching and research, we value quality above all else. Learn More

In Memoriam

Dr. Jose Gan, a respected Professor who had retired from UTMB passed away peacefully at the age of 88 on October 26, 2022, in his home in Wesley Chapel Florida.

Dr. Gan received his PhD degree in Biochemistry in 1964 from the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago. After his postdoctoral training, he joined UTMB as an Assistant Professor in 1968 in then department of Human Biological Chemistry and Genetics (now Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) and became Professor in 1980. He retired in 2004. His research interest was focused on elucidating the biosynthesis and structural modifications of plasma proteins and to establish plasma proteins as markers of chemical exposure. His research was mainly supported by National Institutes of Health and in later years by National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) for studies for which he extensively collaborated with the Department of Pathology at UTMB. Dr. Gan was also actively involved in teaching. He taught Biochemistry and Protein chemistry in the Graduate school and also in various medical school courses. He fulfilled the needs of facilitators when our Medical School adopted Problem based learning curriculum and taught as many as seven modules per year both in the first and second year curriculum.

Dr. Gan had a very pleasant personality and great sense of humor. His love and passion for gardening was enjoyed by the department as he would frequently bring fruits and vegetables grown by him. Dr. Gan and his wife, Norma were admired by all. We will remember him fondly. Our condolences to Norma, their daughters, grandchildren, family, and friends.