Biomolecular Sciences Institute


The proposed Biomolecular Sciences Institute (BSI) is a multi-disciplinary consortium bringing together many of Florida International University’s finest research scientists. The institute is designed to spark creative collaborations between the departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, and Physics, as well as the College of Engineering & Computing, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, and Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work.

Advancing nanotechnology and furthering the fields of cancer biology and neurodegenerative disorders, the institute will provide a source of academic mentorship for undergraduate, doctoral, and postdoctoral students and foster the growth of the newly developed Doctoral Degree in Biochemistry.

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The Institute will be headed by Dr. Tse-Dinh, professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Tse-Dinh received her Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from Harvard University. She came to FIU from New York Medical College. Her research looks at the structure and function of DNA topoisomerases as the basis for discovery of antibacterial and anticancer drug leads from synthetic molecules and natural products. In addition to her biomedical and biomolecular work, Tse-Dinh also has a background in theoretical chemistry. She is looking forward to collaborating with many faculty members in her leadership role at BSI.