Medical Education

Medical Education

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) is responsible for teaching the important basic science module “Molecular Basis of Life (MBL)”. This module includes two courses, Biochemistry and Genetics. After the module “Human Structure”, BMB is the second module that freshman has to take. This intense course runs for 5 weeks from early October to the first week of November and covers areas from basic metabolism, protein structure, and molecular and clinical genetics. It aims to provide the medical students with a foundation of basic knowledge upon which the other medical courses can build.

The BMB department is also responsible for organizing and teaching the Fundamentals of Biomedical Science module 1 (FBS 1) in the MD/MPH program. The FBS 1 course aims to go beyond the traditional discipline boundaries by using an integrated approach to present the basic science underpinning of clinical medicine. To achieve this goal, a combination of lectures and problem-based learning (PBL) is used to teach the basic concepts in gross anatomy, genetics and biochemistry, cell biology and histology. The FBS1 course runs for 7 weeks from early September to the end of October.

The BMB “Molecular Medicine Pathway” gives medical students direct exposure to basic science research, enabling them to pursue clinical research fellowships. Successful completion of a research project under a mentor and participation in departmental seminars and extracurricular activities will lead to a Certificate in Pathway in Molecular Medicine, which will be awarded at graduation.


Sapna Deo, Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Studies
Director of Molecular Medicine Pathway
Gautier Building Room #239DB
(305) 243-4421

Feng Gong

Feng Gong, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
FBS1 Course Coordinator
Co-director of Molecular Medicine Pathway
Gautier Building Room #303
(305) 243-9270


Thomas K. Harris, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Director of Medical and Undergrad Education
MBL Course Coordinator
Gautier Building Room #111
(305) 243-3358


Richard S. Myers, Ph.D.

FB1S Course Instructor
Gautier Building Room #305
(305) 243-2305