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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 27, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Sarah Loerch
Sarah Loerch
PhD Candidate
Feb 03, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 1-7619 (Adolph Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Christina Brule and Clarence Ling
Christina Brule & Clarence Ling
PhD Candidates
Feb 10, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Rakesh Chatrikhi and Jerry Madukwe
Rakesh Chatrikhi & Jerry Madukwe
PhD Candidates
Feb 10, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Rakesh Chatrikhi and Jerry Madukwe
Rakesh Chatrikhi & Jerry Madukwe
PhD Candidates
Feb 11, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)Regulated mRNA Modification: A New Function for Ancient RNA-Modifying Enzymes
Wendy Gilbert, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biology, MIT, Cambridge, MA
Feb 17, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Morgan Monaghan and Thomas Hilimire
Morgan Monaghan & Thomas Hilimire
PhD Candidates
Feb 17, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Morgan Monaghan and Thomas Hilimire
Morgan Monaghan & Thomas Hilimire
PhD Candidates
Feb 18, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)How Cells Integrate Transcription and Splicing to Accomplish Gene Expression on Time
Karla Neugebauer, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University
Feb 24, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576) Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Mallory Scott and Matthew Payea
Mallory Scott & Matthew Payea
PhD Candidates
Feb 24, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576) Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Mallory Scott and Matthew Payea
Mallory Scott & Matthew Payea
PhD Candidates
Feb 24, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576) Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Mallory Scott and Matthew Payea
Mallory Scott & Matthew Payea
PhD Candidates
Feb 25, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)Structural Mechanisms of Sensing dsRNA Via Regulated RNA Decay in Human Cells
Alexei Korennykh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Mar 03, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Owen Smith and Karl Smith
Owen Smith & Karl Smith
PhD Candidates
Mar 03, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Owen Smith and Karl Smith
Owen Smith & Karl Smith
PhD Candidates
Mar 04, 2015
12:00 p.m.
Medical Center Class of '62 Auditorium (G-9425)Tumor Clonal Heterogeneity: Implications for Biology and Disease
Matthew Walter, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Departments of Medicine and Genetics, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Mar 10, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Amber Cutter and Michael Sloma
Amber Cutter & Michael Sloma
PhD Candidates
Mar 10, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Amber Cutter and Michael Sloma
Amber Cutter & Michael Sloma
PhD Candidates
Mar 11, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)Antibiotic Resistance: Evolutionary Tales from the Protein Data Bank
Stephen Burley, M.D., D.Phil.
Director, RCSB Protein Data Bank; Director, Center for Integrative Proteomics Research; Member, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey; Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
Mar 17, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Kyle Berger and Bronwyn Lucas
Kyle Berger & Bronwyn Lucas
PhD Candidates
Mar 17, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Kyle Berger and Bronwyn Lucas
Kyle Berger & Bronwyn Lucas
PhD Candidates
Mar 18, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)Mechanisms to Regulate Gene Expression by Disrupting Protein Synthesis
Christine Dunham, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Emory University School of Medicine
Mar 24, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Lu Han and Sierra Fox
Lu Han & Sierra Fox
PhD Candidates
Mar 24, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Lu Han and Sierra Fox
Lu Han & Sierra Fox
PhD Candidates
Mar 25, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)Molecular Cooperation in Gene Regulation and Genomic Stability
Evgeny Nudler, Ph.D.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator; Julie Wilson Anderson Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
Mar 31, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Shairy Danial and Christopher Goodwin
Shairy Danial & Christopher Goodwin
PhD Candidates
Mar 31, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Shairy Danial and Christopher Goodwin
Shairy Danial & Christopher Goodwin
PhD Candidates
Apr 01, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center Class of '62 Auditorium (G-9425)Monitoring Translation in Space and Time with Ribosome Profiling
Jonathan Weissman, Ph.D.
Professor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology, University of California, San Francisco
Apr 07, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Steven Henderson and Debapratim Dutta
Steven Henderson & Debapratim Dutta
PhD Candidate
Apr 07, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Steven Henderson and Debapratim Dutta
Steven Henderson & Debapratim Dutta
PhD Candidate
Apr 08, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)Peptides and Proteins in Lipid Bilayers
Régis Pomès, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Molecular Structure and Function, Hospital for Sick Children; Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto
Apr 14, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 1-7619 (Adolph Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Mohammad Kayedkhordeh and Lingfeng Luo
Mohammad Kayedkhordeh & Lingfeng Luo
PhD Candidates
Apr 14, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 1-7619 (Adolph Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Mohammad Kayedkhordeh and Lingfeng Luo
Mohammad Kayedkhordeh & Lingfeng Luo
PhD Candidates
Apr 15, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)Mouse Models for Studying APOBEC3-mediated Restriction of Virus Infection
Susan Ross, Ph.D.
Interim Chair & Professor, Department of Microbiology, Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania
Apr 21, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 1-7619 (Adolph Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Jiyu Wang and Leslie Salas Estrada
Jiyu Wand & Leslie Salas Estrada
PhD Candidates
Apr 21, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 1-7619 (Adolph Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Jiyu Wang and Leslie Salas Estrada
Jiyu Wand & Leslie Salas Estrada
PhD Candidates
Apr 28, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Zhen Tan and Hong Zhu
Zhen Tan & Hong Zhu
PhD Candidates
Apr 28, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Student Seminar (BCH 502/BPH 572) for Zhen Tan and Hong Zhu
Zhen Tan & Hong Zhu
PhD Candidates
Apr 29, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)How RNA Structures 'Jiggle and Wiggle' at Atomic Resolution: Importance to Function and Drug Discovery
Hashim M. Al-Hashimi, Ph.D.
Director, Duke Center for RNA Biology; Professor, Departments of Biochemistry and Chemistry, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC
May 06, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)Towards RNA Structure/Function from Scratch
Rhiju Das, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Departments of Biochemistry and Physics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
May 20, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)Regulation of MicroRNA Biogenesis and Function
Javier F. Cáceres, Ph.D.
MRC Human Genetics Unit, Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM), University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Jun 10, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)Automating Comparative Sequence Analysis for RNA Secondary Structure Prediction: An Iterative Probabilistic "Turbo Decoding" Framework
Dr. Gaurav Sharma
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Jun 17, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-6408 (K-307)Inference of Systems-level Responses to Influenza Infections
Dr. Juliee Thakar
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology & Biostatistics and Computational Biology
Sep 29, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Nucleosome Linker DNA Directed Folding of the Linker Histone C-Terminal Domain
He Fang
PhD Candidate
Oct 06, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)The impact of oncogenic signaling on metabolic stress responses and human cytomegalovirus infection
Shihao Xu
PhD Candidate
Oct 27, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)TBD
Thomas Hilimire
PhD Candidate
Nov 03, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)TBD
Rakesh Chatrikhi
PhD Candidate
Nov 10, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Translational control by initiation factor 2 and the class II preQ1 riboswitch
Clarence Ling
PhD Candidate
Nov 17, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Pairs of adjacent codons inhibit translation by different mechanisms
Christina Brule
PhD Candidate
Nov 24, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Regulation of membrane localization of type two voltage gated calcium channels
Mallory Scott
PhD Candidate
Dec 01, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 Using a Log Linear Model to Study the Influence of Evolutionary Constraints on RNA Secondary Structures and Alignments
Yinghan Fu
PhD Candidate
Dec 08, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619The Science of Ultrathin Membrane Separations
Karl Smith
PhD Candidate
Dec 15, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center 3-7619 (Upper S-Wing Auditorium)Mitochondrial Slick Potassium Channels And Heart Mitochondrial Function
Charles Smith
PhD Candidate

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