Biochemistry Department




2018 Dr. Helen Henry, Emerita Professor of Biochemistry

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Dr. Helen Henry's passing. She will be remembered for her extensive contributions to the field of Biochemistry along with her grace and kindness.


2018 Leland M. Shannon Award Presentation 

Three undergraduates students from the Biochemistry 162 laboratory course have received this years Leland M. Shannon Award.

The celebrations was held in Boyce Hall with a short reception and the presentation of the award.

Winners: Danielle Hamilton, Jason Garrido, Samantha Byer 


2017 Walton B. Sinclair Award Winners

December 2017

Congratulations to two outstanding Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate students for receiving this years Sinclair award presented to outstanding Teaching Assistants in the Biochemistry Department.

Winners: Jennifer Cho and Sarah Radi


2017 Randolph T. & Mary K. Wedding Graduate Student Symposium

We would like to thank our key-note speaker Dr. Eva Nogales from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for her presentation and visit to our campus.

Mary and Randolph T. Wedding Award Winner: Pablo Martinez 

Post Winners: Xiao Hong and Dillon Riggs

Presentation Winners: Tiffany Baiocchi and Adam Gill 


New Biochemistry Faculty Hires

July 1st, 2017

We welcome two new faculty members to the department Dr. Sihem Cheloufi and Dr. Jernej Murn.


2016 Randolph T. & Mary K. Wedding Graduate Student Symposium

September 12, 2016

We would like to extend a big thank-you to our keynote speaker, Dr. Daniel Herschlag from Stanford, for his talk on RNA World!

Mary and Randolph T. Wedding Award Winner: Matt Harter

Poster Winners: Jenny Mac and Pablo Martinez

Presentation Winners: Tiffany Baiocchi and Vinicius Canale

New Biochemistry Faculty Hires

July 1st, 2016

Congratulations to Drs. Stephanie Dingwall and Sean O’Leary on joining our Biochemistry Faculty! 

Biochemistry Summer Academy for Teachers

June 20th-24th

The UCR Department of Biochemistry is hosting its Biochemistry Summer Academy for Teachers again this year, presenting local teachers with an opportunity for additional training in the life sciences. The Academy offers personal, practical lessons in several key biochemistry concepts, and suggests methods of classroom incorporation. For more information, please contact Gregor Blaha.               

2016 Leland M. Shannon Award

June 8th, 2016

The Leland M. Shannon Award is presented for outstanding performance in Biochemistry 162, Advanced Biochemistry Techniques. This year, there were two student winners: Sonyeol Yoon and Breanainn Figueras. Congratulations on your hard work!


Chair's Welcome

How do basic principles foster life? We believe the answer can be found at the intersection of chemistry, physics, and biology—in other words, biochemistry. The Department of Biochemistry at UC Riverside is dedicated to the elucidation of these principles. With our world-class faculty, enthusiastic graduate students, and promising undergraduates, we aim to sharpen minds and foster curiosity that lends itself to high-quality research. Our department, and the rest of UC Riverside, is in a current period of growth, and we would love for you to be a part of this positive change.

Biochemistry Faculty at UC Riverside specialize in a variety of subfields of biochemistry, including Structural Biology, Enzymology, Plant Biochemistry, and Biomedical Research. A strong dedication to interdepartmental collaboration and cooperation among faculty allows our graduate students the flexibility to pursue their interests. With an extensive group of cooperative faculty across the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Bourns School of Engineering, and the UCR School of Medicine, it is our hope that our students can work at the intersection of various fields to pursue cutting-edge research in their search for answers to the most fundamental principles of biology.

Our program hosts a large number of undergraduate students every year, who can choose a biochemistry major focused in chemistry, biology, or medical sciences. To encourage involvement in the field from students of all walks of life, UC Riverside offers various competitive research programs aimed toward minority and economically disadvantaged students. In addition, a high percentage of our undergraduates find that they qualify for student aid covering up to their entire tuition—because we believe that money should not bar anyone from seeking a higher education.

I hope that this website will serve as a helpful resource for potential or current students, staff, visiting scholars and donors. It is an honor to share this journey of life together.

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Email: Biochem@ucr.edu

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