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.
 

 
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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Program
 

Upcoming Events

Rittik Ghosh
BCH 251/252 Seminar- Rittik Ghosh, UC Riverside
November 23, 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 Rittik Ghosh, BCMB Graduate Student, Len Mueller Group, UC Riverside  Seminar Title: "Mutation of βGln114 to Ala Alters the Stabilities of Allosteric States in Tryptophan Synthase Catalysis" Abstract: The tryptophan synthase (TS) bienzyme…
Qiang Lu
BCH 252 Seminar Dr. Qiang Lu, City of Hope
November 16, 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. Qiang Lu, Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at Beckman Research Institute Professor, City of Hope  Seminar Title: "Targeting the ERKS axis cell fate regulators for brain tumor inhibition -- lessons from brain…
R. Hausinger Michigan State
BCH 252 Seminar- Dr. Robert P. Hausinger, Michigan State University
November 09, 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. Robert P. Hausinger, Michigan State University  Seminar Title:“Biosynthesis and Function of the Nickel-Pincer Nucleotide Cofactor” Abstract: Lactate racemase interconverts the L- and D-isomers of lactic acid, a central metabolic…
Qiang Cui Boston Univ
BCH 252 Seminar Dr. Qiang Cui, Boston University
November 02, 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. Qiang Cui, Professor of Chemistry, Boston University Seminar Title: "Understanding biomolecules with molecular simulations"  Biography: Qiang Cui is a professor of Chemistry at Boston University and also affiliated with Departments of…


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