Biochemistry Department



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Welcome to the Biochemistry Department Website. Our Department is the administrative home to 17 faculty members, approximately 60 graduate students (both Ph.D. and M.S. programs), 800 undergraduate Biochemistry majors, 11 postdoctoral fellows, and 25 support staff. Our major mission is to engage in basic biochemical and molecular biological research and instruction.

The faculty of the Department is responsible for presentation of the undergraduate major in Biochemistry, which has three emphases: Biology, Chemistry, and Medical Sciences.   The faculty of the department, in collaboration with 28 Cooperating Faculty in five other departments, constitutes the Graduate Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology which is responsible for presentation of the Ph.D. and M.S. programs. Areas of research specialization represented within the Biochemistry Department and the Graduate Program span contemporary biochemistry  and include the following areas of concentration: molecular biology, physical biochemistry, molecular endocrinology, plant biochemistry & molecular biology, signal transduction, macromolecular chrystolography, and biomedical research.

Biochemistry is a diverse discipline, and a bachelor's degree in it allows entry into fields such as biotechnology, cell biology, and the health professions. The Department of Biochemistry offers a B.S. or B.A. degree and students can choose one of three emphases - Biology, Chemistry, and Medical Sciences -- to meet their academic and career goals.

  • Faculty in Biochemistry have highly active research programs in basic biochemistry on subjects that cut across the disciplines of biomedical sciences, chemistry, plant sciences, molecular biology, and structural biology.
  • The large undergraduate program with over 800 majors that provide each student with an individual faculty advisor.  Rigorous upper-division laboratory requirements and individual research opportunities are key factors in students' success. Biochemistry undergraduate courses also contribute to other programs at UCR, notably the majors in Biological Sciences, Biology, and Engineering.
  • The graduate program in Biochemistry (34 Ph.D. and 47 M.S. candidates) is not only the principal source of graduate students for department faculty, but also provides excellent M.S. and Ph.D. students for faculty across the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, in Engineering, and in Biomedical Sciences. About one quarter of Biochemistry's Ph.D. students conduct research in other departments.
Biochemistry Publications

Biochemistry Seminar Series

Spring 2015 Mondays 12:10-1:00 p.m. Genomics 1102A

April 6

James Fraser, Assistant Professor
Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, UCSF

“Some like it hot: Protein Ensembles from X-ray Crystallography”
April 13

Noelle L'Etoile, Associate Professor
Department of Cell and Tissue Biology, UCSF

“Environmentally induced endogenous small RNA, what is it good for?"
April 20

Dmitri Maslov, Professor
Department of Biology, UCR

“Peculiarities of mitochondrial translation in trypanosomes”
April 27

Kurt Fredrick, Professor
Department of Microbiology, The Ohio State University

“LepA/EF4 contributes mainly to translation initiation in E. coli”
May 4 Kyu Lee, BCMB Graduate Student  TBA
May 11

Nanping Wang, Professor and Associate Director
The Institute of Cardiovascular Science and the Diabetes Center
Peking University

“Nuclear receptors in the regulation of vascular homeostasis”
May 18

Aimee Edinger, Associate Professor
Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, UCI

 “Using sphingolipids that limit nutrient access and autophagy to starve cancer cells to death”
May 25 Holiday  
May 27 Special Date & Time 2-3pm

Lieven De Veylder
VIB Flanders, Belgium

June 5- Time and Place TBA

Hilary Sheppard, Lecturer
School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand

“MicroRNAs – mediators of differentiation in T cells and stem cells”

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Department of Biochemistry
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Email: Biochem@ucr.edu