Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

The Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics Department’s goal is to instill a thorough knowledge of modern biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and biophysics, while at the same time awakening the student’s imagination to the diverse and exciting research areas represented by our faculty. The academic and research activities, as well as the many opportunities for interaction among students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty, help to shape an outstanding and cooperative research and training experience.

The department plays a major role in the teaching of the following modules of the Integrated Clinical Sciences for 1st year Medical Students: Foundations of Medicine; Cells, Blood & Cancer; and Gastrointestinal. Several MD, Ph.D. students conduct research in departmental laboratories. The department also welcomes MD students to conduct research during the summer or during term under the direction of selected mentors.

Each year 10-20 undergraduates from the University of Virginia join laboratories in the department to carry out primary research, often resulting in undergraduate thesis. Research is carried out both in the summer and during term.


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Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics at UVA offers a comprehensive personalized program that incorporates didactic and practical training. Qualified students are admitted for work leading to the Doctorate in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. Students typically come to the department following entry through the Biomedical Sciences graduate program but there are other avenues of entry such as the M.D./Ph.D. program.

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Developing a way to Kill Ovarian Cancer Tumors

Researcher Jogender Tushir-Singh is developing a two-fisted, antibody-based approach to destroying deadly ovarian cancer – an approach he believes could also be modified to kill breast, prostate and other solid tumors.
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Research Club

This journal club/research talk series is an instructional activity of the Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Graduate Program. The research talks are targeted to the entire department, including faculty.
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Dr. Charles David Allis Receives Lasker Award

Congratulations to Dr. C. David Allis a former faculty member at the University of Virginia who received the 2018 Lasker Award for his work on histone modifications and gene expression. Dr. Allis performed his seminal work while a Professor in Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics from 1998-2006. More information can be found below.
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Sep 24 BMG Seminar - Dr. Anja Groth "Chromatin replication and epigenome maintenance"

[Via Zoom ] Meeting ID: 976 9103 5542 Passcode: 218026

Oct 08 BMG Seminar - Dr. Ashish Lal :Post-transcriptional gene regulation in cancer"

[Via Zoom] Meeting URL: Meeting ID: 977 5153 1174 Passcode: 540862

Oct 15 BMG Seminar - Dr. Yuichi Machida "DNA-proten crosslink repair and it's implications for chemotherapy"

[Via Zoom] Meeting URL: Meeting ID: 927 1969 7438 Passcode: 400457

Oct 29 BMG Seminar - Dr. Babak Faryabi Dept. of Pathology University of Pennsylvania "Notch-mutalted cancer genomes in 3D"

[Via Zoom] Meeting URL: Meeting ID: 983 2402 2863 Passcode: 838607

Nov 05 BMG Seminar - Dr. Zhongsheng You , "Emerging role of intracellular calcium in genome maintenance"

[Via Zoom] Meeting URL: Meeting ID: 955 8077 3865 Passcode: 332126

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