Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


[MUSIC PLAYING] JANICE EVANS: In biochem
and molecular biology, the problems that we’re
dealing with are big ones. And it’s going to be
impossible to solve it just with a single approach. PIERRE COULOMBE:
What we have to offer is the ability to
pursue basic science in a way that
resonates particularly well with public health. JOHN SILBERSTEIN: You’re
seen as a colleague. Everybody is collaborating,
moving on to the next step, taking those next
leaps and bounds. This is the forefront
of research. SPEAKER 1: Started developing
the lesions on their ears. SPEAKER 2: Oh. That’s great. SPEAKER 1: Yeah. But in the null you
don’t see anything. HANA’ ODEH: Our department
teaches the students how to come up with
the right questions and how to also answer them. And that’s a very important
thing in basic science. JANICE EVANS: We’re
definitely looking for somebody who’s
motivated, somebody who wants to make a
difference in their own lives but also in the
world around them. PIERRE COULOMBE: It’s
a very broad mission. We care about molecules. And we care about populations. And we do so in our labs
here in the school building. But we also do it
across the world. JANICE EVANS: The
students here really feel like they can change the world. And they come in
with that energy. SPEAKER 3: HUPK has these
three different case domains. SPEAKER 4: What was it digested
in for the DNA extraction? SPEAKER 5: In all, it take
five minutes [INAUDIBLE]. HANA’ ODEH: I would
like to eventually apply what I’ve learned here back
home where I can potentially start my own lab studying
post-translational modifications of proteins. PIERRE COULOMBE:
Our students want to understand biology
such that we’re going to be able to save
lives millions at a time. JANICE EVANS: They are going
to meet the most amazing people while they’re here. JOHN SILBERSTEIN:
One of our professors was actually on the
cover of Science Week. It’s like knowing a
celebrity basically. It’s crazy that you get him
teaching your molecular biology courses. JANICE EVANS: The opportunities
for an amazing array of experiences are just
really unique here. I think of it as you’re going
to a buffet and everything looks fabulous. Students get to
experience what it’s like to think like
a biostatistician or an epidemiologist. And even if they don’t end up
pursuing those career paths, they get to see how that kind
of different type of scientist thinks. SPEAKER 4: So then
what you need to do is neutralize that solution. JOHN SILBERSTEIN:
I’ve completely changed my career goals. I’m now considering working for
a biotech company or a venture capital fund down the road. But I had never even
thought about that before coming to this program. And it opens doors
that you don’t even see when you’re an undergrad. PIERRE COULOMBE:
For now 100 years, which is the entire
history of this school, we’ve been able to contribute
and make this school the special
environment that it is. Our primary mission is one
of research and discovery. But we need the students,
we need the talent, to really have success
with that mission. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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