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Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. I hope you will take a few moments to examine our website, which provides information on our research and education missions.

We have two equally important goals. The first is to develop fundamental new scientific knowledge that reveals how biological systems work with the ultimate goal of advancing the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human diseases, while the second is to train the next generation of scientific innovators. We are committed to providing an inclusive and enthusiastic working environment and fostering the innovative and interactive science that makes it possible for faculty and trainees to achieve their research and career objectives. We provide extensive mentoring to assist students and postdoctoral fellows develop their talents as public speakers, bench scientists, and writers. We want to develop outstanding scientific innovators who excel as both scientists and mentors. We have a distinguished faculty and committed staff working hard to achieve these goals. Welcome again to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Please contact us for additional information about our department and graduate training programs. 


Gerald Wilson, Ph.D. 
Professor & Interim Chair

About Dr. Wilson

Gerald M. Wilson, PhD was appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in July 2023. Dr. Wilson received his bachelor’s and PhD degrees in Biochemistry from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. He completed post-doctoral work at Wake Forest University in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in the Department of Molecular Genetics, Microbiology, and Immunology. In 2002 he joined the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine as an assistant professor, where he currently serves as a tenured professor.

Research in the Wilson lab focuses on the characterization of RNA-protein complexes and the mechanisms by which they regulate the production of proteins associated with cancer, inflammation, and neurodegenerative diseases. Through the efforts of an outstanding series of pre- and postdoctoral trainees, the laboratory has published over 80 articles and presented at meetings around the world. Dr. Wilson has served as an editorial board member for Molecular and Cellular Biology and on an extensive list of grant review panels for the NIH and NSF as well as national and internationally-based foundations, and also holds three US patents. Research in the Wilson lab has been supported by the NIH, the American Cancer Society, and the American Heart Association. 

Professor & Interim Chair

Gerald Wilson

Gerald M. Wilson, PhD