Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics

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Biochemistry has had a long-standing tradition of excellence in the study of the biomembranes and membrane proteins. We changed the name of our Department and Graduate Program to Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics to reflect the increasing use of genetics, molecular biology, and computational biology in identifying and characterizing the structure and activities of important cellular constituents. The Department is located on the first and sixth floors of Jordan Hall, and currently consists of twenty faculty members.  These include geneticists, biochemists, molecular biologists, and biophysicists, whose research focuses on computational biology, DNA replication, transcriptional regulation, chromatin folding, cell cycle traverse, genetics instability, nuclear import, structure of membranes and nucleoprotein complexes, extracellular matrix formation, protease function, and antibody selectivity and design.  Thus, the Department represents a broad range of research interests with special emphasis on biochemistry of the nucleus.

The students, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and faculty of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics form a very cohesive and interactive group.  Virtually everyone attends the Departmental weekly research seminar and the weekly journal club, Masterpiece Theatre.  In addition, there are several more specialized journal and research clubs that meet on a regular basis with members of our own and other departments in the College and School of Medicine.  The graduate students invite scientists from other institutions to talk about their work and to sit down together for dinner and discussion.  A host of social activities, both organized and spontaneous, occur throughout the year.  Thus, 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.

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