Faculty research programs in Biochemistry at the University of Maryland, College Park emphasize fundamental approaches to molecular aspects of how biological systems work. Biophysical chemistry/molecular biophysics is a particular strength, including biomolecular NMR (Fushman, Tugarinov, Dayie, Orban), fluorescence (Kahn, Beckett), and X-ray crystallography (LaRonde-LeBlanc, Paukstelis, Herzberg). Several groups work on molecular nanomachines involved in protein folding (Herzberg), transcription and regulation (Kahn, Beckett), RNA processing (Paukstelis), translation (LaRonde-LeBlanc, Dinman), DNA recombination and repair (Julin). Membrane channels are studied by the Colombini research group. Chemical biology and bioorganic chemistry benefit from the environment of a chemistry department with active research nucleic acid biochemistry (Kahn, LaRonde-LeBlanc, Dayie), synthetic biology (Sintim), and proteomics/metabolomics (Fenselau, Li). Most projects are carried out by one or few graduate students, undergraduates, and postdoctoral researchers, so there is constant contact among faculty and students. Biochemistry groups benefit from connections with many other programs on campus, including Chemical Physics, Biophysics, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Bioengineering.