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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 11, 2017
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)Regulation of Reversible Phosphorylation in Synaptic Plasticity and Memory Formation
Hugh Xia, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Paul Stark Professor of Pharmacology; Associate Professor, Departments of Pharmacology & Physiology and Neuroscience, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Jan 24, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center S-Wing Auditorium (3-7619)Dissecting the Function of Domain-Forming Transcriptional Enhancers
Sierra Fox
PhD Candidate
Jan 24, 2017
1:30 p.m.
Medical Center S-Wing Auditorium (3-7619)Investigating Genome-wide Patterns of Secondary Structure in mRNA Sequences
Mohammad Kayedkhordeh
PhD Candidate
Jan 31, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center S-Wing Auditorium (3-7619)Relating RNA Structure to Regulatory Conformation in Live Cells
Debapratim Dutta
PhD Candidate
Jan 31, 2017
1:30 p.m.
Medical Center S-Wing Auditorium (3-7619)HCMV and Immunity: UL26 Interactions with NFkB and ISGylation Pathways
Christopher Goodwin
PhD Candidate
Feb 07, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center S-Wing Auditorium (3-7619)Exploring the Link between Longevity and DNA Double Strand Break Repair Coordination by SIRT6
Steven Henderson
PhD Candidate
Feb 07, 2017
1:30 p.m.
Medical Center S-Wing Auditorium (3-7619)Characterization of Opsin's Activation Mechanism Using Multi-basin Structure-based Models
Letty Salas Estrada
PhD Candidate
Feb 14, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center S-Wing Auditorium (3-7619)Model RNA Secondary Structure with Sequence Comparison and Experimental Mapping Data
Zhen Tan
PhD Candidate
Feb 14, 2017
1:30 p.m.
Medical Center S-Wing Auditorium (3-7619)Regulation and Function of Cyclic Nucleotide Phosphodiesterases in Pathological Vascular Remodeling
Lingfeng Luo
PhD Candidate
Feb 21, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center S-Wing Auditorium (3-7619)Yeast Cell Surface Display of HIV Envelope Glycoprotein for Vaccine Development
Hong Zhu
PhD Candidate
Feb 21, 2017
1:30 p.m.
Medical Center S-Wing Auditorium (3-7619)Defining Mechanisms that Maintain Reading Frame in Eukaryotic Translation
Jiyu Wang
PhD Candidate
Feb 28, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center S-Wing Auditorium (3-7619)Benchmarking RNA Force Fields using Hairpin Loop Folding Free Energy Change
Louis Smith
PhD Candidate
Feb 28, 2017
1:30 p.m.
Medical Center S-Wing Auditorium (3-7619)Coactivator PGC1β Contains a Novel CBP80-Binding Motif That Orchestrates Efficient Target-Gene Transcription and Transcript Splicing
Christopher Phipps
PhD Candidate
Mar 01, 2017
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)Diversity in Post-Transcriptional Modifications: Adaptive or Not?
Jianzhi
Marshall W. Nirenberg Collegiate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Mar 07, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center S-Wing Auditorium (3-7619)TBA
Meemanage De Zoysa
PhD Candidate
Mar 07, 2017
1:30 p.m.
Medical Center S-Wing Auditorium (3-7619)TBA
Fanfan Hao
PhD Candidate
Mar 08, 2017
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)Mechanisms of RNA-based Immunity in Prokaryotes
Ailong Ke, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Mar 15, 2017
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)Mechanism-Based Antisense Therapy for Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Adrian R. Krainer, Ph.D.
St. Giles Foundation Professor of Molecular Genetics and Program Chair, Cancer & Molecular Biology, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Mar 21, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center S-Wing Auditorium (3-7619)TBA
Luke Marr
PhD Candidate
Mar 21, 2017
1:30 p.m.
Medical Center S-Wing Auditorium (3-7619)TBA
Viktoriya Anokhina
PhD Candidate
Mar 22, 2017
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)Genomic Mechanisms of Gene Regulation and Chromatin Organization
Frank Pugh, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Mar 28, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center S-Wing Auditorium (3-7619)TBA
Thareendra De Zoysa
PhD Candidate
Mar 28, 2017
1:30 p.m.
Medical Center S-Wing Auditorium (3-7619)TBA
Lauren Benoodt
PhD Candidate
Mar 28, 2017
4:30 p.m.
Medical Center LeChase Assembly Room G-9576Seeds for Collaboration: Faculty Mixer
David Auerbach, Ph.D., Danielle Benoit, and Eric Phizicky
Mar 29, 2017
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)Specialized Translation Mechanisms by microRNAs in Cancer Quiescence
Shobha Vasudevan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Assistant in Genetics, Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Cancer Research, Boston, MA
Apr 04, 2017
1:30 p.m.
Medical Center S-Wing Auditorium (3-7619)Disrupting the Erythroid Enhancer for Setd8 in Human Hematopoietic Stem/Progenitor Cells with CRISPR/Cas9
Tyler Couch
PhD Candidate
Apr 04, 2017
1:30 p.m.
Medical Center S-Wing Auditorium (3-7619)Strategies for Enhancing Permeability and Specificity of RNA-targeted Anti-HIV Compounds
Viktoriya Anokhina
PhD Candidate
Apr 05, 2017
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)LncRNA Control of Heart Development and Disease
Doug M. Anderson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
Apr 11, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center Whipple (2-6424)Mechanisms of Codon-mediated Inhibition of Translation
Lisa Houston
PhD Candidate
Apr 11, 2017
1:30 p.m.
Medical Center Whipple (2-6424)Multiplex Detection of Biomarkers for Sepsis by Monolithically Integrated Photonic Microring Resonator Biosensors in a Hand-held Device
Michael Bryan
PhD Candidate
Apr 12, 2017
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 Al-Hashimi, Ph.D.
James B. Duke Professor of Biochemistry, Director, Duke Center for RNA Biology, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC
Apr 18, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center S-Wing Auditorium (3-7619)Conformational dynamics of an HIV-1 RNA hairpin bound to a lab-evolved peptide
Chapin Cavender
PhD Candidate
Apr 18, 2017
1:30 p.m.
Medical Center S-Wing Auditorium (3-7619)The Roles of Histone H2A Variants in Erythroid Maturation
Nazish Jeffery
PhD Candidate
Apr 19, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center Class of ’62 Aud (G-9425)Exploration of CRISPR Diversity: from Microbiology to Biotechnology
Feng Zhang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences; Core Member, Broad Institute of MIT, Cambridge, MA
Apr 25, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center S-Wing Auditorium (3-7619)Investigating Methyltransferase Activity of PRDM3
Yuliya Muradova
PhD Candidate
Apr 25, 2017
1:30 p.m.
Medical Center S-Wing Auditorium (3-7619)Regulation of Protein Synthesis by mRNA Structure
Wan-Jung Lai
PhD Candidate
Apr 26, 2017
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)Ribosomal RNA Modification and Bacterial Antibiotic Resistance
Graeme L. Conn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
May 02, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Medical Center S-Wing Auditorium (3-7619)Identifying a Phospholipase C? Region that Interacts with G??
Jerry Madukwe
PhD Candidate
May 02, 2017
1:30 p.m.
Medical Center S-Wing Auditorium (3-7619)Proportional Boolean Networks for Pathway Analysis of omicsData
Rohith Palli
PhD Candidate
May 03, 2017
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)Mechanism and Dysfunction of Spliceosome Assembly
Aaron Hoskins, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
May 31, 2017
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)Uncovering Novel Capabilities of Acid Sensing Ion Channels
David M. MacLean, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Physiology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

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