Timeline

The Department of Biological Chemistry became an independent academic unit in 1935. In the earlier years of the twentieth century, the subject of biochemistry had been taught at UNC-Chapel Hill by professors holding an appointment within the Department of Physiology. Before 1938, biochemistry was completely taught by one professor. Only in 1939 did the department begin to grant the PhD degree.

With the creation of an independent department, the faculty expanded slowly to include five professors by 1950; 21 by 1975; and now 30 in 2008. Student enrollment and PhDs awarded also increased as the department expanded. The annual scientific productivity is now at more than 120 papers published per year. In recent years an average doctoral student had just over 4 co-authored papers from dissertation research, and was first author on two papers.

Click on start to see a time line of the departments' name changes and department chairs. Use the left and right arrows to move though the slides, or click on the buttons to go to each decade.

CHRONOLOGY OF THE DEPARTMENT'S GROWTH: Entering Faculty

1920 through the 1930s

K. B. Perrine

Frederick P. Brooks
Evan W. McChesney
James Clarence Andrews
Granvill C. Kyker

1923 - 1926

1926 - 1931
1933 - 1937
1937 - 1957
1938 - 1950

 

1940 through the 1950s:

Michael K. Berkut
Carl E. Anderson

Joseph Logan Irvin

John E. Wilson

Fred E. Bell

Ralph Penniall

1947 - 1980
1950 - 1980

1950 - 1983

1950 - 1990

1956 - 1994

1959 – 1986

 

1960 through the 1970s:

Edward Glassman

David Holbrook

Jan Hermans

Mary Ellen Jones

James R. White
Gerhard Meissner
Richard Wolfenden
Michael Caplow
Chi-Bom Chae
Stephen Chaney
Charles Carter, Jr.
Pierre Morell
Barry Lentz
Thomas Traut

1960 - 1983

1963 - 1995

1963 - 2004

1965 - 1992

1968 - 1987
1970 -
1970 -
1972 -
1972 - 1994
1974 - 2012
1975 -
1975 - 2003
1977 -
1978 -

 

1980 through the 1990s:

Patricia Maness

Aziz Sancar

Stephen Crews

Howard Fried
Ronald Swanstrom

Gwendolyn Sancar

Ann Erickson

Michael G. Douglas

Laura Kalfayan

Brian Popko

Jean-Michel Vos

Yue Xiong

Mary Sue Coleman

Hengming Ke

George Rose

William Marzluff

Sharon Campbell

Beverly Errede
David E. Lee

Yi Zhang

1980 -

1982 -

1983 -

1984 -
1984 -

1986 -

1988 - 2013

1989 - 1993

1989 - 1994

1989 - 2002

1989 - 1994

1989 –

1990 - 1996

1991 -

1993 - 1994

1993 -

1994 -

1995 -
1997 - 2004

1999 - 2012

 

2000 through the Present:

Dale Ramsden

Christopher Borchers

Henrik Dohlman

Nikolay Dokholyan

Brian Strahl

Brian Kuhlman

Jean Cook

John Riordan

John Sheehan

Xian Chen

Leslie Parise

Saskia Neher

Wolfgang Bergmeier

Qi Zhang

Gang (Greg) Wang

2001 –
2001 – 2006
2001 -
2002 -

2002 -

2002 -

2002 -

2004 -

2004 -

2006 -

2006 -

2011 -

2011 -

2012 -

2012 -