Biochemistry Department

Biochemistry Faculty

 Biochemistry Faculty           
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Dr. Gregor Blaha
Gregor Blaha

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Physical Biochemistry

Dr. techn., Vienna University of Technology, Vienna Austria, 2001
Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University, 2001-2008

Office: 5489 Boyce Hall
Phone: 951-827-3832        
Email: gregor.blaha@ucr.edu

Sihem Cheloufi

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Stem Cells
Cancer and Regenerative medicine
Chromatin structure and regulatory RNAs
B. Sc. King's College University of London, UK, 2001
Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2010
Graduate Research, Dr. Gregory Hannon Laboratory, Cold Springs Harbor, NY. 2005-2010
Research Fellow, Molecular Biology Department, Cancer center and Center for Regenerative Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2011-2017

Office: 4407 Boyce Hall
Phone: 951-827-3796
Email: sihem.cheloufi@ucr.edu
Dr. Richard Debus
Richard J. Debus

Professor of Biochemistry

Physical Biochemistry
Plant Biochemistry Molecular Biology
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1985
McKnight Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Photosynthesis, 1985-1986
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Plant Biology, 1986-1988
Office: 2446 Boyce Hall
Phone: 951-827-3483
Email: richard.debus@ucr.edu
Dr. Stephanie Dingwall
Stephanie Dingwall

Assistant Professor of Teaching in Biochemistry

Physical Biochemistry
Teaching Pedagogy
Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of California, Riverside
M.S., Biochemistry, University of California, Riverside
B.S., Neuroscience, UCLA
Phone: 951-827-3609
Dr. Michael Dunn
Michael F. Dunn

Professor of Biochemistry,

Physical Biochemistry
Molecular Endocrinology
Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1966
NATO Postdoctoral Fellow in Science, 1969
Office: 2434A Boyce Hall
Phone: 951-827-4235
Email: michael.dunn@ucr.edu
Dr. Li Fan
Li Fan

Associate Professor of Biochemistry

Structural Biology
Protein X-Ray Crystallography
DNA Repair and Recombination
Bacteria-Host Interactions
Amino Acid/Peptide Metabolism
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2000
B.Sc., Beijing University, 1987

Office: 2466 Boyce Hall
Phone: 951-827-3630
Fax: 951-827-4434
Email: li.fan@ucr.edu

Dr. Daniel Gallie
Daniel R. Gallie

Professor of Biochemistry

Plant Biochemistry Molecular Biology

Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 1985
NIH Cancer Biology Postdoctoral Fellow, 1988
American Cancer Society Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, California Division, 1989-1990

Office: 3432 Boyce Hall
Phone: 951-827-7298
Fax: 951-827-4434
Email: daniel.gallie@ucr.edu

Dr. Russ Hille
Russ Hille

Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry

Physical Biochemistry Molecular Biophysics
Ph.D., Biochemistry, Rice University, 1979 
B.S. with Honors, Chemistry, Texas Tech University, 1974  
Post-Doctoral, University of Michigan (Michigan Society of Fellows)
Office: 2404 Boyce Hall
Phone: 951-827-6354
Fax: 951-827-2364
Email: russ.hille@ucr.edu
Dr. Paul Larsen
Paul B. Larsen

Professor of Biochemistry and Biochemist

Molecular Biology
Plant Biochemistry
Molecular Biology
Signal Transduction
Ph.D., Purdue University, 1994
Post-Doctoral Associate, Cornell University, 1994-1997
USDA Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Maryland, 1997-1999
Office: 3470 Boyce Hall
Phone: 951-827-2026
Email: paul.larsen@ucr.edu
Dr. Xuan Liu
Xuan Liu

Professor of Biochemistry

Biomedical Research
Molecular Biology

Ph.D., West Virginia University, 1990
Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA, 1991-1995
Office: 4411 Boyce Hall
Phone: 951-827-4350
Fax: 951-827-4434
Email: xuan.liu@ucr.edu
richard luben
Richard A. Luben

Biochemistry Department Chair, Professor of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, Emeritus

Molecular Endocrinology
Signal Transduction
Undergraduate: Molecular Biology, Vanderbilt University, 1963-67
B.S., Biology, University of Arkansas Little Rock,,  1969
Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 1972
Postdoctoral, Pharmacology/Toxicology, U. of Rochester, 1972-74
Office: 2264A Webber Hall 
Phone: 951-827-7713
Fax: 951-827-3699                  Email: richard.luben@ucr.edu  
Dr. Ernest Martinez
Ernest Martinez

Professor of Biochemistry

Molecular Biology
Biomedical Research
Ph.D., University of Lausanne (Switzerland), 1989
Post-Doctoral Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation, The Rockefeller University, 1990-1992
Post-Doctoral Associate, The Rockefeller University, 1992-1995
Office: 4483-85 Boyce Hall
Phone: 951-827-2031
Fax: 951-827-4434
Email: ernest.martinez@ucr.edu
Jernej Murn

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry


RNA and chromatin biochemistry
Neural engineering
Stem cells and cancer biology

Postdoctoral training, Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York
Ph.D., CEA Laboratory for Functional Genomics France University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
B.Sc., University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Office: 4483-89 Boyce Hall
Phone: 951-827-4267
Email: jernej.murn@ucr.edu
Dr. Anthony Norman
Anthony W. Norman

Distinguished Professor of  Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences, Emeritus

Presidential Chair in Biochemistry, Emeritus

Molecular Endocrinology
Signal Transduction
Biomedical Research

B.A., Oberlin College, 1959
Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1963
Postdoctoral, UCLA, Ernst Oppenheimer Award, 1963-64
The Endocrine Society, 1977

Email: anthony.norman@ucr.edu
Dr. Sean O'Leary
Se├ín O'Leary

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry


Molecular Biophysics
Physical Biochemistry

B.Sc., Chemistry, University College Dublin, 2005
M.S., Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University, 2008
Ph.D., Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University, 2010
Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University School of Medicine, 2010-2016

Office: 3488B Boyce Hall
Phone: 951-827-3916
Email: sean.oleary@ucr.edu

Dr. Jefferson Perry
Jefferson Perry

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Protein Crystallography
Small Angle X-Ray Scattering
Signal Transduction
Genome Stability
Fragment-Based Lead Discovery
Rational-Based Drug Discovery

Ph.D., Natural Science, University of Cambridge, UK, 2001
B.Sc., Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, UK, 1996
Postdoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, 2001-2006
Senior Research Associate, The Scripps Research Institute, 2006-2011
Staff Scientist, The Scripps Research Institute, 2011-2014 

Office: 5407 Boyce Hall 
Phone: 951-827-3842
Email: jeff.perry@ucr.edu
Dr. Jikui Song
Jikui Song              

Associate Professor of Biochemistry 

Structural Biology
Epigenetic Regulation
Host-Pathogen Interaction
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002 
Assistant Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002-2007 
Research Associate / Senior Research Scientist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, 2007-2011
Office: 5485 Boyce Hall       Phone: 951-827-4221
Email: jikui.song@ucr.edu
Dr. Stephen Spindler
Stephen R. Spindler

Professor of Biochemistry 

Molecular Biology
Biomedical Research
Ph.D., University of Texas at Houston, 1976
PHS Pre-doctoral Trainee
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow
Office: 3410C Boyce Hall
Phone: 951-827-3597
Fax: 951-827-4434
Email: spindler@ucrac1.ucr.edu

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Department Chair's Tel: (951) 827-3598
Fax: (951) 827-2364
Email: Biochem@ucr.edu

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