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Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

The Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB) Program is designed for students interested in obtaining a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. As such, the program represents a group of faculty that may mentor a student pursuing thesis research toward the Biochemistry Ph.D. Students interested in a Ph.D. in Biochemistry should apply to the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Program for admission to graduate studies at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Chenguang Gong in Maquat Lab

Chenguang Gong working in the Maquat Lab

We offer in-depth coursework and diverse research opportunities that focus on understanding the biochemical mechanisms of life’s critical molecular processes.

World-class research in our laboratories exposes our students to a variety of the latest methods for sophisticated biochemical analysis, including mass spectrometry, crystallography, microcalorimetry, surface plasmon resonance, microarrays, fluorescence activated cell sorting, light scattering, and spectroscopic methods (including fluorescence lifetime and energy transfer measurements), as well as modern methods for cell culture, protein purification, genetic analysis, and reconstitution of biochemical complexes and reactions.

The flexibility of our training program allows students to train in a number of exciting research areas, and often allows students to develop highly effective interdisciplinary collaborations, resulting in cutting edge thesis projects.

NIH T32 Sponsored Programs

Training Grant in Cellular, Biochemical & Molecular Sciences

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS)


We have several research areas, fully supported by an array of labs and centers. For a full view of our research efforts and Facilities, see our research page.

For a list of recent student publications, please visit the student publications page.




Emerging Roles for mRNA Polyadenylation in Stem Cells

Yongsheng Shi, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, CA
Oct 25, 2017 - 2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)

Small and Bright: Tailoring Luminescent Nanoparticles in Biology

Gang Han, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
Nov 01, 2017 - 2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)

Establishing and Maintaining Epigenetic Memories

Danesh Moazed, Ph.D. - Investigator, HHMI; Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Nov 08, 2017 - 2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)

Designer Spliceosomes and Disease

Charles Query, M.D. Ph.D. - Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Nov 15, 2017 - 2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)

Latching on and Moving Forward: Career Advice from the Ribosome

Sarah Walker, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
Nov 16, 2017 - 3:00 p.m.
Medical Center 1-9576 Ryan Case Method Room
Host: Dr. Dmitri Ermolenko

Satellite DNA and Meiotic Drive in Drosophila

Amanda M. Larracuente, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Nov 29, 2017 - 2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)

Metabolic Influences on RNA Biology

Benjamin Tu,Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Dec 06, 2017 - 2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)

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