Hayes to Head Biochemistry and Biophysics

Aug. 22, 2013

Jeffrey HayesJeffrey J. Hayes, Ph.D., has been selected as chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at URMC. A faculty member for nearly two decades and the recently installed Shohei Koide Professor in Biochemistry and Biophysics, Hayes takes the reins after serving as interim chair since early 2012.

An accomplished and highly-respected scientist, Hayes’ research focuses on chromatin, the combination of DNA and proteins that comprise the nucleus of a cell. His lab works to understand how the DNA within chromatin is accessed for replication and repair and used in gene expression – the conversion of genetic information into proteins that make up the body and perform most life functions.

Department faculty members are thrilled that Hayes is taking the post. Lynne E. Maquat, Ph.D., the J. Lowell Orbison Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, says, “Jeff is skilled at bringing people together for the common good and understands what it takes to create an environment that is conducive to great scientific research and education.” Dean’s Professor Eric M. Phizicky, Ph.D., adds, “I am delighted to have Jeff as chair.  He has an even-handed leadership style and an exceptionally strong commitment to science, education and the continued success of the department.”

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