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 2016 Mondays 12:10-1:00 p.m. Genomics 1102A

March 28th

Dr. Hong Zhou, Electron Imaging Center for NanoMachines (EICN), David Geffen School Of Medicine, UCLA

“In situ structures of dsRNA viral genome and its transcriptional enzymes”
April 4th

No Seminar

April 11th

Stephanie Dingwall, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Graduate Program, UC Riverside

“Spectroscopic and Mechanistic Studies of the Mo-Cu Carbon Monoxide Dehydrogenase from Oligotropha carboxidovorans”
April 18th

Jacqueline Hubbard, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Graduate Program, UC Riverside 

“Astrocytic changes in a model of epilepsy”
April 25th Matt Young, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Graduate Program, UC Riverside  TBA
May 2nd

Genome Stability and Human Health Candidate 

May 9th

Genome Stability and Human Health Candidate

May 16th Dr. Guang Yao, Assistant Professor, Departmetnt of Cellular Biology, University of Arizona TBA
May 23rd

Xuye Lang, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Graduate Program, UC Riverside 

May 30th



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Department of Biochemistry
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Email: Biochem@ucr.edu