The ACS Division of Biological Chemistry was founded in 1913 by chemists who recognized the dominant role played by chemistry in biological systems. The research interests of the Division’s members is a finely woven cloth of chemistry and biology, and many of our members are associated with both the American Chemical Society and the American Society of Biochemists and Molecular Biologists.

Our Mission

Members of the Division of Biological Chemistry use the principles of chemistry to assist in the development of a deeper understanding of biological processes. Their research shapes our understanding of the mechanisms of biological phenomena and covers (among others) structure, function, and regulation of biologically active molecules; gene structure and expression; biochemical mechanisms; protein biosynthesis; protein folding; membrane structure-function relationships; bioenergetics; and immunochemistry. The mission of the Division of Biological Chemistry is to promote the interests of its members through:

  • The organization of symposia at National and International Meetings.
  • Travel awards that allow our young members to present their results at these meetings.
  • Awarding grants to support symposia at Regional ACS meetings and Conferences with focused themes of interest to our members.
  • Administration of a Program of Awards that recognize the best work in biological chemistry.
  • Identifying new ways for the Division to meet our member’s needs.

History

The ACS Division of Biological Chemistry was founded in 1913 by chemists who recognized the dominant role played by chemistry in biological systems. The research interests of the Division’s members is a finely woven cloth of chemistry and biology, and many of our members are associated with both the American Chemical Society and the American Society of Biochemists and Molecular Biologists.

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