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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)

Research

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.

 

Events

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Date/TimeLocationTitle/Presenter/Affiliation
Jan 08, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)The Role of RNA- and DNA-Binding Proteins in Post-Transcriptional Gene Regulation and Innate Immunity
Manuel Ascano, Jr. Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate, Laboratory of RNA Molecular Biology at the Rockefeller University
Jan 13, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)Small RNA Sorting is Critical for Germline Surveillance and Fertility
Carolyn Phillips, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School
Jan 15, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)Assessing the Orientation of Vaccine Candidate P6 in Nontypable Haemophilus Influenza
Lea Vacca Michel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Rochester Institute of Technology
Jan 21, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BPH 572) for Yinghan Fu
Yinghan Fu
PhD Candidate(s)
Jan 22, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)Unraveling the Effects of microRNAs: Targets and mRNP Remodeling
Olivia Rissland, D.Phil.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
Jan 27, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)Mechanistic Studies of Eukaryolic Translation Initiation
Sarah Walker
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry at John Hopkins University School of Medicine; Research Fellow in the Intramural Program of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the NIH
Jan 28, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BPH 572) for Nicholas Leioatts
Nicholas Leioatts
PhD Candidate(s)
Feb 04, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502) for Stefanie DeVito and Chinmay Surve
Stefanie DeVito and Chinmay Surve
PhD Candidate(s)
Feb 04, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502) for Stefanie DeVito and Chinmay Surve
Stefanie DeVito and Chinmay Surve
PhD Candidate(s)
Feb 10, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)Integrative Approaches for Decoding the Function of Long Non-coding RNAs in Human Cancer
Yiwen Chen, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard School of Public Health
Feb 11, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BPH 572) for Dejun Lin and Sarah Loerch
Dejun Lin and Sarah Loerch
PhD Candidate(s)
Feb 11, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BPH 572) for Dejun Lin and Sarah Loerch
Dejun Lin and Sarah Loerch
PhD Candidate(s)
Feb 17, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)piRNA Primary Transcripts: A New Class of Long Non-coding RNA
Xin Zhiguo Li, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate, University of Massachusetts, Medical School/HHMI
Feb 18, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502) for Yongchun Zhang and John Vadas
Yongchun Zhang and John Vadas
PhD Candidate(s)
Feb 18, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502) for Yongchun Zhang and John Vadas
Yongchun Zhang and John Vadas
PhD Candidate(s)
Feb 20, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center G-9425 (Class of '62 Auditorium)Science and News: A Marriage of Convenience
Joe Palca, Ph.D.
Science Correspondent, NPR News, Washington, D.C.
Feb 25, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502) for Shihao Xu and Clarence Ling
Shihao Xu and Clarence Ling
PhD Candidate(s)
Feb 25, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502) for Shihao Xu and Clarence Ling
Shihao Xu and Clarence Ling
PhD Candidate(s)
Feb 26, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)Synthetic Molecular Evolution of Membrane Active Peptides
William C. Wimley, Ph.D.
Department of Biochemistry, Tulane University School of Medicine
Mar 04, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502) for Christina Brule and Jerry Madukwe
Christina Brule and Jerry Madukwe
PhD Candidate(s)
Mar 04, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502) for Christina Brule and Jerry Madukwe
Christina Brule and Jerry Madukwe
PhD Candidate(s)
Mar 05, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)Mechanisms of Human Translation and mRNA Turnover Regulation
Jens Lykke-Andersen, Ph.D.
Professor, Division of Biological Science, University of California, San Diego
Mar 11, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502) for Matthew Payea and Morgan Monaghan
Matthew Payea and Jerry Madukwe
PhD Candidate(s)
Mar 11, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502) for Matthew Payea and Morgan Monaghan
Matthew Payea and Jerry Madukwe
PhD Candidate(s)
Mar 12, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)Stepwise Analysis of RNA Interference by Single Molecule and Single Cell Platform
Sua Myong, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering Department, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
Mar 18, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BPH 572) for Rakesh Chatrikhi and Mallory Scott
Rakesh Chatrikhi and Mallory Scott
PhD Candidate(s)
Mar 18, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BPH 572) for Rakesh Chatrikhi and Mallory Scott
Rakesh Chatrikhi and Mallory Scott
PhD Candidate(s)
Mar 19, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)Mechanism and Regulation of DNA Double-Strand Break Repair
Lorraine Symington, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Columbia University
Mar 21, 2014
9:00 a.m.
Medical Center 1-6823 (Neuman Room)Using Microsoft Word to Format Your Dissertation
Patrick Brandt, Ph.D.
Director of Science, Training and Diversity, University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Dentistry
Mar 21, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Helen Wood Hall 1W304Thinking Strategically About Your Postdoc Training
Patrick Brandt, Ph.D.
Director of Science, Training and Diversity, University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Dentistry
Mar 25, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502) for Thomas Hilimire and Owen Smith
Morgan Monaghan and Owen Smith
PhD Candidate(s)
Mar 25, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502) for Thomas Hilimire and Owen Smith
Morgan Monaghan and Owen Smith
PhD Candidate(s)
Apr 01, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BPH 572) for Karl Smith and Bronwyn Lucas
Karl Smith and Amber Cutter
PhD Candidate(s)
Apr 01, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BPH 572) for Karl Smith and Bronwyn Lucas
Karl Smith and Amber Cutter
PhD Candidate(s)
Apr 02, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)eIF5A Promotes Polyproline Protein Production
Thomas Dever, Ph.D.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health
Apr 08, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BPH 572) for Kyle Berger and Amber Cutter
Kyle Berger and Bronwyn Lucas
PhD Candidate(s)
Apr 08, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BPH 572) for Kyle Berger and Amber Cutter
Kyle Berger and Bronwyn Lucas
PhD Candidate(s)
Apr 09, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)How Enzymes Work
Dan Hershlag, Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry, Chemistry and of Chemical Engineering; Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs, Stanford University
Apr 15, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502) for Michael Sloma and Lu Han
Michael Sloma and Lu Han
PhD Candidate(s)
Apr 15, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502) for Michael Sloma and Lu Han
Michael Sloma and Lu Han
PhD Candidate(s)
Apr 16, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)Story in a Sample: How cryo-EM Unravels Multiple States of the Ribosome in a Single Experiment
Joachim Frank, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences and Molecular Biophysics, Columbia University, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
Apr 23, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)The Dark Side of Functional Genomics and a New Hope: Genome-Wide Screens with RNAi and CRISPR
John Doench, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Apr 30, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 1-9576 (Case Method Room)Liver Inflammation and Cancer
Michael Karin, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmacology, University of California, San Diego
May 07, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center G-9425 (Class of '62 Auditorium)The Metabolic Code
Brian Shoichet, Ph.D.
Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto; Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of California, San Francisco; Member of the Donnelly Centre, University of Toronto
Sep 09, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 501/BPH 571) for Angela Balliano
Eric Phizizky & Angela Balliano
PhD Candidate
Sep 09, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 501/BPH 571) for Angela Balliano
Eric Phizizky & Angela Balliano
PhD Candidate
Sep 16, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 501/BPH 571) for Rajashri Sridharan
Rajashri Sridharan
PhD Candidate
Sep 17, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)eIF3: a Bridge Between Translation and Transcription
Jamie Cate, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Molecular & Cell Biology and Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
Sep 17, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)eIF3: a Bridge Between Translation and Transcription
Jamie Cate, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Molecular & Cell Biology and Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
Sep 23, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 1-7619 (Adolph Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 501/BPH 571) for Guangze Jin
Guangze Jin
PhD Candidate
Sep 24, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)Innovations in Research Impact Measurement and Literature Discovery
Kinga Hosszu, Ph.D.
Outreach Director - F1000 Americas, Faculty of 1000, New York, NY
Sep 30, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 501/BPH 571) for Dhruba Jyoti Basu Roy
Dhruba Jyoti Basu Roy
PhD Candidate
Oct 01, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)Flavivirus (Dengue, West Nile, etc.) - Caused Disease Depends on Structured RNA Wrenches Thrown into Protein Machines
Jeffrey Kieft, Ph.D.
Professor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics, University of Colorado Denver, School of Medicine
Oct 07, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Effects of non-histone protein HMGN1 on histone tail domain interactions and H1 binding in chromatin
Kevin Murphy
PhD Candidate
Oct 08, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)Transcription and the Three-Dimensional Organization of the Genome
Victor Corces, Ph.D.
Professor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Oct 14, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Investigating the role of PGE2 receptor subtype 1 (EP1) in Mesenchymal Stem Cell (MSC) differentiation
Marina Feigenson
PhD Candidate
Oct 15, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)Long Lost Relatives: The Expanding PUF Protein Family
Traci Hall, Ph.D.
Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Structural Biology, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Research Triangle Park, NC
Oct 15, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)Long Lost Relatives: The Expanding PUF Protein Family
Traci Hall, Ph.D.
Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Structural Biology, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
Oct 21, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 1-7619 (Adolph Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 501/BPH 571) for He Fang
He Fang
PhD Candidate
Oct 22, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)ERKonomics in Metabolic Signaling
Melanie Cobb, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pharmacology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Oct 28, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7616 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 501/BPH 571) for Yinghan Fu
Yinghan Fu
PhD Candidate
Oct 29, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)Structural Analyses of RNA-Small Molecule Interactions: Bacterial Riboswitches and Engineered Devices
Adrian R. Ferré-D'Amaré, Ph.D.
Senior Investigator, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda MD
Nov 04, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 501/BPH 571) for Chinmay Surve
Chinmay Surve
PhD Candidate
Nov 05, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)Structural Studies of Bacterial Transcription
Seth Darst, Ph.D.
Jack Fishman Professor, Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics, The Rockefeller University, New York, NY
Nov 12, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)Coordinated Responses to Nutritional Metal Stress by Heme-Dependent Gene Expression
Mark O'Brian, Ph.D.
Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Biochemistry, State University of New York at Buffalo
Nov 18, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 1-7619 (Adolph Auditorium)HCMV-mediated activation of pyrimidine biosynthesis drives UDP-sugar synthesis to support viral protein glycosylation
Stefanie DeVito
PhD Candidate
Nov 19, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)The Molecular Tool-Kit of Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers
Erica Ollmann Saphire, Ph.D.
Professor of Immunology and Microbial Science, Scripps Research Institute, California Campus
Nov 25, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Oncogenic mutations-induced restriction to HCMV infection
Shihao Xu
PhD Candidate
Dec 02, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 501/BPH 571) for Dejun Lin
Dejun Lin
PhD Candidate
Dec 03, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)The Ribosome Determines mRNA Stability
Jeff Coller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Associate Director, Center for RNA Molecular Biology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Dec 09, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 501/BPH 571) for Yongchun Zhang
Yongchun Zhang
PhD Candidate

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