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Brian Altman, Ph.D.

Brian Altman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Altman Lab

Biomedical Genetics - Connections between cancer, metabolism, and circadian rhythm
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Xin Bi, Ph.D.

Xin Bi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Bi Lab

Biology - Chromatin-mediated regulation of gene expression in eukaryotes.
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Dirk Bohmann, Ph.D.

Dirk Bohmann, Ph.D.

Professor

Bohmann Lab

Biomedical Genetics - The biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics of signal-transducing transcription factors and their role in development, aging and disease
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Paul Boutz, Ph.D.

Paul Boutz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Biochemistry & Biophysics - Regulation of pre-mRNA splicing and polyadenylation in healthy and diseased states; the contribution of RNA processing to cancer biology; effects of small molecule drugs on RNA processing and gene expression.
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Paul Brookes, Ph.D.

Paul Brookes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Brookes Lab

Anesthesiology - Mitochondria and free radicals in cardiac ischemia-reperfusion
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Michael Bulger, Ph.D.

Michael Bulger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Bulger Lab

Pediatrics - Chromatin domains and long-range activation by enhancers
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Scott Butler, Ph.D.

Scott Butler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Butler Lab

Microbiology & Immunology - Regulation of Gene Expression by Targeted Degradation of RNA
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Gloria Culver, Ph.D.

Gloria Culver, Ph.D.

Professor
Chair

Culver Lab

Biology - Assembly of the E. coli 30S ribosomal subunit, which is essential for cellular growth, so as to understand how infections might be controlled through selective inhibition of specific assembly control points.
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Ian Dickerson, Ph.D.

Ian Dickerson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dickerson Lab

Neuroscience - Molecular mechanisms of neuropeptide signal transduction
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Mark Dumont, Ph.D.

Mark Dumont, Ph.D.

Professor

Dumont Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics - Signal transduction; membrane protein structure, yeast molecular biology
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Dmitri Ermolenko, Ph.D.

Dmitri Ermolenko, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Ermolenko Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics - Structural dynamics of the ribosome and ribosomal ligands during proteins synthesis, regulation of protein synthesis by mRNA structure in normal and diseased cells, and mechanisms of antibiotic action.
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Sina Ghaemmaghami, Ph.D.

Sina Ghaemmaghami, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Ghaemmaghami Lab

Biology - Molecular mechanisms of prion propagation and pathogenesis
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
David Goldfarb, Ph.D.

David Goldfarb, Ph.D.

Professor

Goldfarb Lab

Biology - Molecular mechanisms that control the exchange of molecules and information between the nucleus and cytoplasm
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Vera Gorbunova, Ph.D.

Vera Gorbunova, Ph.D.

Professor

Gorbunova Lab

Biology - Mechanisms of aging and the role of DNA repair and genomic instability in the aging process.
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Elizabeth Grayhack, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Grayhack, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Grayhack Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics - Role of the genetic code in regulating protein synthesis and mRNA metabolism in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Alan Grossfield, Ph.D.

Alan Grossfield, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Grossfield Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics - Investigating membranes and membrane proteins via computer simulation
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Jeffrey Hayes, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Hayes, Ph.D.

Professor
Chair

William A. Bernhard Memorial Lab

Hayes Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics - DNA structure; chromatin; protein-DNA interactions
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Clara Kielkopf, Ph.D.

Clara Kielkopf, Ph.D.

Professor

Kielkopf Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics - Splicing defects in hematologic malignancies; roles of human pre-mRNA splicing factors in HIV-1 infectivity; development of engineered splicing factors for correction of splicing defects; splice sites and their associated proteins as therapeutic targets.
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Hartmut Land, Ph.D.

Hartmut Land, Ph.D.

Professor
Chair

Land Lab

Biomedical Genetics - Molecular mechanisms of carcinogenesis. Signaling and Cancer Cell Metabolism
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Xin Li, Ph.D.

Xin Li, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Li Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics - Our research is to define the RNA functions in reproduction and transgenerational epigenetic inheritance.
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Lynne Maquat, Ph.D.

Lynne Maquat, Ph.D.

Professor

Maquat Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics - RNA metabolism in human cells (nonsense-mediated mRNA decay/mRNA surveillance); influence of pre-mRNA splicing on mRNA translation; Staufen-mediated mRNA decay and Staufen-regulated RNA metabolism; post-transcriptional gene control via lncRNAs and SINEs; miRNA metabolism; Fragile X Mental Retardation Syndrome/Autism; therapeutics of nonsense diseases.
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
David Mathews, M.D., Ph.D.

David Mathews, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor

Mathews Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics - Computational biology of RNA, including structure prediction, molecular dynamics, and genomics.
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Margot Mayer-Pröschel, Ph.D.

Margot Mayer-Pröschel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Mayer-Pröschel Lab

Biomedical Genetics - Deciphering the impact of nutritional, toxicological, viral, and genetic insults, singly and in combination, on mammalian brain development and disease later in life.
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Stephano Mello, Ph.D.

Stephano Mello, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Mello Lab

Biomedical Genetics - Understanding how nuclear proteins and non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) regulate gene transcription in pancreatic preneoplastic lesions, gaining knowledge of the process of cellular transformation and tumor initiation.
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Benjamin Miller, Ph.D.

Benjamin Miller, Ph.D.

Professor

Benjamin Miller Lab

Dermatology - Carbohydrate and protein recognition, molecular design, and biomolecular sensing
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Joshua Munger, Ph.D.

Joshua Munger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Munger Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics - Mechanisms of metabolic network manipulation induced by viral infection and oncogenic mutation.
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Patrick Murphy, Ph.D.

Patrick Murphy, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Murphy Lab

Biomedical Genetics - The role of chromatin reprogramming in cell state transitions during development and in disease.
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Mitchell O'Connell, Ph.D.

Mitchell O'Connell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

O'Connell Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics - Biochemical mechanisms of RNA-mediated gene regulation; RNA-targeting CRISPR tool development
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Archibald Perkins, M.D., Ph.D.

Archibald Perkins, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor

Perkins / Zhang Lab

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine - Genes that impact the development of leukemias and other human malignancies
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Eric Phizicky, Ph.D.

Eric Phizicky, Ph.D.

Professor

Phizicky Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics - tRNA biogenesis, function and quality control; intellectual disability due to deficiencies in tRNA modifications.
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Elaine Sia, Ph.D.

Elaine Sia, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Sia Lab

Biology - Mutagenesis and repair of the mitochondrial genome.
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Harold Smith, Ph.D.

Harold Smith, Ph.D.

Professor

Smith Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics - RNA regulation of innate immune modulators and small molecule inhibitors of HIV RNA-binding proteins.
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Laurie Steiner, M.D.

Laurie Steiner, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Professor

Steiner Lab

PediatricsMedicine - Pediatric Biomedical Research
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Douglas Turner, Ph.D.

Douglas Turner, Ph.D.

Professor

Turner Lab

Chemistry - Biophysical chemistry of RNA folding/stacking using NMR; RNA-targeted therapeutics
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Joseph Wedekind, Ph.D.

Joseph Wedekind, Ph.D.

Professor

Wedekind Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics - Structure and function analysis of gene regulation by non-protein-coding (nc)RNAs as a basis for therapeutic development.
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Peng Yao, Ph.D.

Peng Yao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Yao Lab

Medicine - Pathophysiological function of microRNAs, RNA-binding proteins, and defects in protein synthesis in cardiovascular disease; RNA riboswitch-like mechanisms of gene regulation
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Yi-Tao Yu, Ph.D.

Yi-Tao Yu, Ph.D.

Professor

Yu Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics - RNA modification; pre-mRNA splicing; snRNP biogenesis; telomerase RNA modification and aging; nonsense-disease therapeutics.
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Jiyong Zhao, Ph.D.

Jiyong Zhao, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Land Lab

Zhao Lab

Biomedical Genetics - Signal transduction and development of therapeutic agents in B-lymphomas; Cell cycle regulation
Mentor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program