Biochemistry Department



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Welcome to the Biochemistry Department Website. Our Department is the administrative home to 17 faculty members, approximately 60 graduate students (both Ph.D. and M.S. programs), 800 undergraduate Biochemistry majors, 11 postdoctoral fellows, and 25 support staff. Our major mission is to engage in basic biochemical and molecular biological research and instruction.

The faculty of the Department is responsible for presentation of the undergraduate major in Biochemistry, which has three emphases: Biology, Chemistry, and Medical Sciences.   The faculty of the department, in collaboration with 28 Cooperating Faculty in five other departments, constitutes the Graduate Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology which is responsible for presentation of the Ph.D. and M.S. programs. Areas of research specialization represented within the Biochemistry Department and the Graduate Program span contemporary biochemistry  and include the following areas of concentration: molecular biology, physical biochemistry, molecular endocrinology, plant biochemistry & molecular biology, signal transduction, macromolecular chrystolography, and biomedical research.

Biochemistry is a diverse discipline, and a bachelor's degree in it allows entry into fields such as biotechnology, cell biology, and the health professions. The Department of Biochemistry offers a B.S. or B.A. degree and students can choose one of three emphases - Biology, Chemistry, and Medical Sciences -- to meet their academic and career goals.

  • Faculty in Biochemistry have highly active research programs in basic biochemistry on subjects that cut across the disciplines of biomedical sciences, chemistry, plant sciences, molecular biology, and structural biology.
  • The large undergraduate program with over 800 majors that provide each student with an individual faculty advisor.  Rigorous upper-division laboratory requirements and individual research opportunities are key factors in students' success. Biochemistry undergraduate courses also contribute to other programs at UCR, notably the majors in Biological Sciences, Biology, and Engineering.
  • The graduate program in Biochemistry (34 Ph.D. and 47 M.S. candidates) is not only the principal source of graduate students for department faculty, but also provides excellent M.S. and Ph.D. students for faculty across the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, in Engineering, and in Biomedical Sciences. About one quarter of Biochemistry's Ph.D. students conduct research in other departments.
Biochemistry Publications

Biochemistry Seminar Series, Spring 2013
Mondays 12:10-1:00 p.m.
Genomics 1102A

April 1 Renyi Liu, Assistant Professor of Evolutionary Genomics & Assistant Evolutionary Genomicist, Botany & Plant Sciences,
University of California, Riverside
Using High Throughput Data to Study MicroRNAs and DNA Methylation in Plants
April 8 Xin Ge, Assistant Professor,
Chemical & Environmental Engineering, University California Riverside
Novel Methods for the Discovery of Highly Potent Therapeutic Antibodies and Enzymes
April 15 Tyrrell Conway, Henry Zarrow Presidential Professor, Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, University of Oklahoma Global gene regulation, growth control, and colonization of the intestine by E. coli
April 22 Ian Wheeldon, Assistant Professor in the Chemical & Environmental Engineering Department, University California, Riverside Engineering and Understanding Scaffolds for Spatially Organized Biocatalysis
April 29 Christopher S. Hayes, Associate Professor,
University California, Santa Barbara
May 6 Morris Maduro, Associate Professor, Department of Biology,
University California, Riverside
Alterations to a Gene Network Reveal Stochasticity in Embryonic Development
May 13 Manuela Martins-Green Professor of Cell Biology Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, University of California, Riverside  
May 20 Joseph Simpson, Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry,
University of California, San Diego
June 3 Allen Wang, Graduate Student,
Department of Biochemistry,
University of California, Riverside

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