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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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PhD Thesis Defense: Molecular Characterization of Nucleosome Recognition by Linker Histone H1.0

Amber Cutter - PhD Candidate
Jan 16, 2018 - 2:00 p.m.
Medical Center Neuman Room (1-6823)
Host: Jeffrey Hayes, PhD

Tales from the Other Side: My Experience Working in Industry

Melanie Preston, Ph.D. - Scientific Instructional Designer, Promega; Madison, WI
Jan 18, 2018 - 3:00 p.m.
Medical Center Adolph Lower Aud 1-7619
Host: Dr. Lynne Maquat

The Biology of Anticodon Stem-Loop Modifications of Yeast tRNAs

Lu Han - Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics
Jan 23, 2018 - 2:00 p.m.
Medical Center Neuman Room 1-6823

Investigation into the roles of vaccinia virus protein F13 and its molluscum contagiosum virus homolog MC021

Peter Joseph Bryk - Microbiology & Immunology PhD Candidate
Jan 26, 2018 - 12:00 p.m.
Medical Center Upper Aud 3-7619

Domestication and Diversification of Yeast

Justin Fay, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Feb 14, 2018 - 2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)
Host: Dr. Mark Dumont

A Career Path of Basic, Translational, and Clinical Research: Challenges and Rewards

Michelle Janelsins-Benton, Ph.D., M.P.H. - Assistant Professor of Surgery, Radiation Oncology, and Neuroscience; Director, Cancer Control and Psychoneuroimmunology Laboratory; Chair of Translational Research, URCC NCORP Research Base Member, Wilmot Cancer Institute, Department of Surgery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Feb 15, 2018 - 3:00 p.m.
Medical Center Class of 62 Aud G-9425
Host: Dr. Catherine Ovitt

Small RNA Fighting Genome Invaders: From Bacteria to Mammals

Alexei Aravin, Ph.D. - Professor, Division of Biology and Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
Feb 21, 2018 - 2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)
Host: Dr. Dmitri Ermolenko

Epigenetic Control of Transposable Elements in the Genome

P. Jeremy Wang, M.D., Ph.D. - Professor of Developmental Biology; Director, Center for Animal Transgenesis & Germ Cell Research, Department of Biomedical Sciences School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Mar 07, 2018 - 2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)
Host: Dr. Xin Li

RNA Quality Control: Recognizing and Eliminating Nonsense

Kristian Baker, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Center for RNA Science and Therapeutics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
Mar 14, 2018 - 2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)
Host: Dr. Lynne Maquat

Family Planning During the Pursuit of a Career in Scientific Research - Perspectives, Considerations and Resources

Kristian Baker, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Center for RNA Science and Therapeutics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
Mar 15, 2018 - 3:00 p.m.
Medical Center Ryan Case Method Room 1-9576
Host: Dr. Elizabeth Grayhack

Biology of RNA End Modification and Repair

Jay Hesselberth, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO
Mar 21, 2018 - 2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)
Host: Dr. Eric Phizicky (Co-sponsored by the RNA Structure and Function Cluster)

Functional and Regulatory Insights into RNA Editing

Jin Billy Li, Ph.D. - ssociate Professor, Department of Genetics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Mar 28, 2018 - 2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)
Host: Dr. Yi-Tao Yu (Co-sponsored by the RNA Structure and Function Cluster)

Targeting the Viral RNA Polymerase for Antiviral Therapy: Insight From Studies of Single Molecules and Single, Infected Cells

Craig E. Cameron, Ph.D. - Professor and Holder of the Eberly Family Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Apr 04, 2018 - 2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)
Host: T32 Training Graduate Student, Miriam Barnett (Co-sponsored by the NIH T32 Training Grant in Cellular, Biochemical and Molecular Sciences, Dr. Lynne Maquat, PI)

Designer Spliceosomes and Disease

Charles Query, M.D., Ph.D. - Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Apr 11, 2018 - 2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)
Host: Dr. Clara Kielkopf and Dr. Yi-Tao Yu (Co-sponsored by the RNA Structure and Function Cluster)

Deciphering the Code of N-terminal Post-translational Modification

Christine E. Schaner Tooley, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Apr 18, 2018 - 2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)
Host: (Co-sponsored by Graduate Women in Science)

Science Co-Parenting: Raising a Family and a Lab at the Same Time

Christine E. Schaner Tooley, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Apr 19, 2018 - 3:00 p.m.
Medical Center Adolph Lower Aud 1-7619
Host: Dr. Mark Dumont

Graduate Student NIH T32 Retreat in Cellular, Biochemical and Molecular Science: When Genetics and Epigenetics Collide: Insights Gained into Human Cancer

C. David Allis, Ph.D. - Joy and Jack Fishman Professor; Tri-Institutional Professor, Laboratory Class of ’62 Aud of Chromatin Biology and Epigenetics, The Rockefeller University, New York, NY
Apr 25, 2018 - 1:00 p.m.
Medical Center Class of 62 Aud G-9425
Host: Dr. Jeffrey Hayes

Division of Labor Among the Subunits of a Highly Coordinated Ring ATPase

Carlos J. Bustamante, Ph.D. - Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator; Raymond and Lander Aud. Beverly Sackler Chair of Biophysics; Professor of Molecular & Cell Biology, Physics, and Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
May 02, 2018 - 12:00 p.m.
Hutchison Hall Lander Aud.
Host: Dr. Ignacio Franco (Chemistry Colloquium; Co-sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics)

Epigenetic Genome Control by Heterochromatin and RNA Processing Factors

Shiv Grewal, Ph.D. - NIH Distinguished Investigator; Chief, Laboratory of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
May 16, 2018 - 2:00 p.m.
Medical Center K-307 (3-6408)
Host: T32 Training Graduate Student, Michael Bryan (Co-sponsored by the NIH T32 Training Grant in Cellular, Biochemical and Molecular Sciences, Dr. Lynne Maquat, PI)

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