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Department of Biochemistry

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.

Upcoming Events

Timothy Close
Biochemistry 252 Seminar- Timothy Close, UCR
June 04, 2019 @ 12:10 pm
Genomics Auditorium 1102A, UC Riverside
The Department of Biochemistry's weekly BCH 252 seminar series is presented this week by: Timothy Close, Professor, Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, UC Riverside  Seminar Title: "Cowpea and its genome: new opportunities for basic research relevant to food and nutritional security" Abstract:  Cowpea, Vigna unguiculata L…
Adam Godzik
Biochemistry 252 Seminar- Adam Godzik, UCR
May 28, 2019 @ 12:10 pm
Genomics Auditorium 1102A, UC Riverside
The Department of Biochemistry's weekly BCH 252 seminar series is presented this week by: Adam Godzik, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine UC Riverside  Seminar Title: "Structural systems biology – understanding how networks work (and how they break) on the molecular level" Abstract: Progress in experimental…
Jacob MacWilliams
Biochemistry 252 Seminar-Jacob MacWilliams, UCR
May 21, 2019 @ 12:10 pm
Genomics Auditorium 1102A, UC Riverside
The Department of Biochemistry's weekly BCH 252 seminar series is presented this week by: Jacob MacWilliams, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Student, UC Riverside  Seminar Title: "Elucidating how cowpea aphids affect plant host immunity and physiology" Abstract: One of the biggest threats to cowpea, an important…
Hyungjin Eoh
Biochemistry 252 Seminar-Hyungjin Eoh, USC
May 14, 2019 @ 12:10 pm
Genomics Auditorium 1102A, UC Riverside
The Department of Biochemistry's weekly BCH 252 seminar series is presented this week by: Hyungjin Eoh, DVM, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California  Seminar Title: "Mycobacterium tuberculosis persisters: Challenges in tuberculosis treatment…
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