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Biochemistry Department Receives GAAN Grant

The Biochemistry department is proud to announce that we have received a GAAN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) grant! The Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) is a national fellowship program which funds stipends of up to $34,000 per year for students with demonstrated financial need. The BCMB Program is currently...
Ryan Gates

Biochemistry Student, Ryan Gates wins Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

From the UCR news article by Sandra Baltazar Martinez: Meet the 2021 Goldwater, Fullbright Scholars "Gates will be starting his third year in the fall. The biochemistry major conducts research with Ernest Martinez in the Department of Biochemistry. Gates wants to discover a new drug target to help patients suffering from breast cancer. After completing...
Cheloufi Lab (c) UCR/CNAS

PANDORA-seq reveals nature’s secrets of small regulatory RNAs

Congrtulations to Dr. Sihem Cheloufi who collaborated with Dr. Qi Chen's group at the Biomedical Department to examine small RNA dynamics during cellular reprogramming and their function in embryonic stem cells. From the UCR Article: A team led by a biomedical scientist at the University of California, Riverside, has developed a new RNA-sequencing method— “Panoramic...
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Dr. Jeff Perry receives Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research & Creative Achievement

Congratulations to Professor Jeff Perry on being selected as a faculty recipient of the 2020-21 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement. The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement is given annually to two graduating seniors who have conducted outstanding research or creative work and to two faculty...
Daniel Gallie

Passing of Dr. Daniel Gallie

Daniel Ross Gallie was born June 8, 1957, in Dearborn, Michigan and passed away on September 13, 2020 at the age of 63 after a five year struggle with cancer. He earned his B.S. in Chemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan in 1979 and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the...
Hiwot Anteneh

Mary K. and Randolph T. Wedding Award Winner 2020

Congratulations to BCMB Graduate Student Hiwot Anteneh, from the Jikui Song lab for receiving this years Mary K. and Randolph T. Wedding Award! The Mary and Randolph T. Wedding prize is presented annually to one or two meritorious graduate students in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Program at the University of California, Riverside. The...
Stephanie Dingwall

Dr. Stephanie Dingwall joins the Academy of Distinguished Teaching

Congratulations to Dr. Stephanie Dingwall as she has joined the Academy of Distinguished Teaching at UC Riverside! From the UCR ADT Website: The Academy of Distinguished Teaching was founded in 2005 to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding teachers among the UCR faculty and to provide a range of services to help other UCR faculty members...
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Dr. Gregor Blaha helps describe polymerase-ribosome complex

From the Inside UCR News Article by Iqbal Pittalwala: Gregor Blaha an assistant professor of biochemistry at UC Riverside, is a coauthor on a research paper published last week in the journal Science that reports on the cryo-electron microscopy structures of several complexes of RNA polymerase bound to the ribosome. In all living cells, RNA...
Stephanie Dingwall

Dr. Stephanie Dingwall publishes article in Journal of Chemical Education

Dr. Stephanie Dingwall, Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of Biochemistry has published an article in the Journal of Chemical Education describing her experience with teaching remotely during the COVID-19 shutdown. The article is titled: Lessons Learned from Active Engagement in a Large-Enrollment Introductory Biochemistry Course during a Remote Quarter Abstract: The combination of...
Jikui Song and Rong Hai

UC Riverside-led research advances vaccine and drug development against ZIKA virus

From the UCR News Article by Iqbal Pitalwala: "A research team led by scientists at the University of California, Riverside, has outlined how the Zika virus, which constituted an epidemic threat in 2016, suppresses the immune system of its host. The Zika virus, or ZIKV, spreads through mosquito bites and sexual intercourse. Currently, no approved...
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Dr. Jingsong Zhang Appointed Biochemistry Department Chair

The department of Biochemistry is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Jingsong Zhang as the new Chair of the Biochemistry department, with his appointment effective July 1, 2020. He will also be the Director of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Program. Dr. Zhang is a Professor of Chemistry and is also a member...
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Leland M. Shannon Scholarship Award Winners 2019-2020

Congratulations to undergraduate students Tiffany Tran and Megan Burnes, this year's BCH 162 Leland M. Shannon Scholarship Award Winners! The Shannon Scholarship Awards are presented to students enrolled in BCH 162 (Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory), 1 award for Winter quarter and 1 award for Spring quarter for the 2019-2020 academic year. The students apply for the...
Jennifer Le (UCR)

UCR CNAS student awarded scholarship for program offering mentorship to female students

From the Inside UCR News Article by Imran Gohri: UC Riverside student Jennifer Le is one of 14 recipients of the Donald A. Strauss Public Service Scholarship for a project seeking to close the gender gap in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, or STEM. The Donald A. Strauss Public Service Scholarship Foundation provides...
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Biochemistry Student, Jennifer Le wins Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

From the Inside UCR news article by Imran Gohri: Biochemistry student wins Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship "UC Riverside student Jennifer Le is among about 400 college students across the nation to be awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, one of the most prestigious and competitive awards in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematic fields, or...
John Jefferson Perry (left) and Ernest Martinez. (UCR/Stan Lim)

Martinez and Perry Labs receive NIH grant for breast cancer research

From the UCR News Article by Iqbal Pittalwala: "The more than $1.2 million grant will support two projects: The first, led by Ernest Martinez, a professor of biochemistry at UC Riverside, will investigate the biology of aggressive “luminal B breast cancer,” which occurs in younger women and makes up about 10% of all breast cancers...
Song Lab

Song Lab lead group crack structure of a novel enzyme linked to cell growth and cancer

From the UCR News Article: "The study, published in Nature Communications, explains how protein machineries in cells are regulated to target RNA molecules for m6A modification. Jikui Song, an associate professor of biochemistry at UC Riverside who led the study, explained ZCCHC4 controls protein synthesis and cell proliferation by introducing an m6A modification into ribosomes...
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Dr. Jeff Perry Receives $659,000 DOD Grant

Dr. Jeff Perry, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry has received a $659,000 grant from the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs of the US Department of Defense. Dr. Perry's lab will be partnering with a lab from the City of Hope as they have also received a grant from the CDMRP. You can read...
Wedding Award Winner 2019

Wedding Award Winner 2019

Congratulations to the Randolph T. and Mary K. Wedding award scholarship winner, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Student, Stephen Diggs. The award is presented annually to a meritorious graduate student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology graduate program who has made the most significant contribution to the peer reviewed scientific literature in biochemistry and molecular...
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Amrik Kang receives Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Amrik Kang, an undergraduate student volunteer in the Jeff Perry laboratory has received a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. There were over 5,000 application nationwide and three of the scholarships went to UCR undergraduates. Congratulations Amrik! To read more about the scholarship the the winners, please click on the UCR news story here.
Dr. Anthony Norman

Remembering Dr. Anthony Norman, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry & Biomed Sciences Emeritus

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Dr. Anthony Norman. He will be remembered as a great scientist, mentor, and friend to many. He will be greatly missed. His family has set up a website in his memory: https://www.awnmemorium.com/ The memorial service for Dr. Norman will be held Tuesday, September...
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