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.
 

 
jeffrey experiment

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Program
 

Upcoming Events

Mahamaya Biswal
BCH 251/252 Seminar- Mahamaya Biswal, UC Riverside
October 19, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
ZOOM Link Contact: jikui.song@ucr.edu
The Department of Biochemistry's weekly BCH 252 seminar series is presented this week by Mahamaya Biswal, BCMB Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Biochemistry, UC Riverside  Seminar Title: "Two conserved oligomer interfaces of NSP7 and NSP8 underpin the dynamic assembly of SARS-CoV-2 RdRP" Abstract: Replication of the ∼30 kb-long…
Stephanie Dingwall
BCH 252 Seminar- Dr. Stephanie Dingwall, UC Riverside
October 12, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
ZOOM Link Contat: jikui.song@ucr.edu
The Department of Biochemistry's weekly BCH 252 seminar series is presented this week by Dr. Stephanie Dingwall, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Department of Biochemistry, UC Riverside  Seminar Title:  "Lessons Learned from Active Engagement in a Remote Biochemistry Course" Abstract: In the spring of 2020, the COVID-19…
Maria Ninova UCR
BCH 252 Seminar Dr. Maria Ninova, UC Riverside
October 05, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
Zoom Link Contact: jikui.song@ucr.edu
The Department of Biochemistry's weekly BCH 252 seminar series is presented this week by Dr. Maria Ninova, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, UC Riverside  Seminar Title: "Molecular mechanism of epigenetic silencing by piRNAs" Abstract: Histone modifications are essential for the regulation of gene expression and…
richard debus
BCH 252 Seminar- Dr. Richard Debus, UC Riverside
September 28, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
ZOOM Link Contact: margarita.flores@ucr.edu
The Department of Biochemistry's weekly BCH 252 seminar series is presented this week by Dr. Richard Debus, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, UC Riverside  Seminar Title: "How Plants make Oxygen: New Insights into an Ancient Process" Abstract: Oxygenic photosynthesis provides about half of our biosphere’s chemical energy…


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