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

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BCH 252 Seminar Vinicius Canale, UC Riverside
May 18, 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 Vinicius Canale, Ph.D. candidate, BCMB Graduate Program, University of California Riverside  Seminar Title: "PTPN2 is a Critical Regulator of Paneth Cell Viability and Homeostasis in Mice" Abstract: Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)…
Linlin Zhao
BCH 252 Seminar Dr. Linlin Zhao, UC Riverside
May 11, 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. Linlin Zhao, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, UC Riverside  Seminar Title: "Mitochondrial Transcription Factor A-Mediated DNA Cleavage: Mechanistic Insights and Functional Implications" Bio: Dr. Zhao earned his B.S. in…
James Stivers
BCH 252 Seminar Dr. James Stivers, Johns Hopkins University
May 04, 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. James Stivers, Professor, Johns Hopkins University  Seminar Title: “A tale of a tail: A role for disorder in DNA damage recognition” Bio: Dr. Stivers has over 25 years of accumulated expertise in enzymology, high-throughput screening,…
Gregor Blaha 2021
BCH 252 Seminar Dr. Gregor Blaha, UC Riverside
April 27, 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. Gregor Blaha, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, UC Riverside  Seminar Title: “The RNA Polymerase-Ribosome Dance: Is It Hip Hop or Ballroom in Bacteria?”  Biography: Protein translation in bacteria is the focus of Dr. Blaha’s research…


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