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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

Aaron Hoskins BCH 252
BCH 252 Seminar- Aaron Hoskins, University of Wisconsin-Madison
December 03, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Genomics Auditorium 1102A, UC Riverside
The Department of Biochemistry's weekly BCH 252 seminar series is presented this week by: Dr. Aaron Hoskins, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison Seminar Title: "Turning on the Spliceosome" Abstract:  Spliceosome activation involves dramatic remodeling of the spliceosome in order to…
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CANCELLED-BCH 252 Seminar- Akif Tezcan, UC San Diego
November 26, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Genomics Auditorium 1102A
This seminar has been cancelled. The Department of Biochemistry's weekly BCH 252 seminar series is presented this week by: Dr. Akif Tezcan, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego Seminar Title: "Chemical Design of Functional (Metallo)Protein Assemblies " Faculty Host: Russ Hille; russ.…
Remo Rohs
BCH 252 Seminar- Remo Rohs, University of Southern California
November 19, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Genomics Auditorium 1102A, UC Riverside
The Department of Biochemistry's weekly BCH 252 seminar series is presented this week by: Dr. Remo Rohs, Professor of Quantitative and Computational Biology, University of Southern California Seminar Title: "Quantitative Modeling of Protein-DNA Binding Specificity " Abstract:  Many structures of protein-DNA complexes have been…
Gabriele
BCH 252 Seminar- Gabriele Fuchs, University at Albany
November 12, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Genomics Auditorium 1102A, UC Riverside
The Department of Biochemistry's weekly BCH 252 seminar series is presented this week by: Dr. Gabriele Fuchs, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, University at Albany   Seminar Title: "Non-canonical Translation During Cellular Homeostasis and Viral Infection" Faculty Host: Dr. Sean O'Leary, sean.oleary@ucr.edu