The Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Concentration prepares students for careers in the fields of biochemistry, cellular, developmental, and molecular biology. Specific employment opportunities for graduates include traditional university professorships as well as positions in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, governmental appointments, and others. This is a research-based concentration with coursework designed to teach students how to approach and solve modern problems in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology. The didactic curriculum includes the GSBS core courses (Molecules, Cells, Genes), and two or more advanced courses that examine concepts on the forefront of biochemistry, cell and developmental biology, molecular biology, and cancer biology. During the first year of study, students progress through research rotations in three laboratories to aid in the choice of research mentor. Students with strong backgrounds in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, biomedical engineering or other biological sciences will be well suited for this concentration.

Dissertation research can be pursued on a wide range of topics from the following faculty:

  • Chilton, Beverly HLTF/Hltf, transcriptome, colorectal cancer, beta cells of pancreas, trophoblast lineage
  • Cornwall, Gail functional amyloids in epididymal sperm maturation and sperm-egg interaction; sperm prions as a mechanism of transgenerational epigenetic inheritance
  • Dufour, Jannette mechanisms of Sertoli cell immune privilege, cell-based gene therapy for treatment of diabetes and associated complications, transplantation immunology
  • Ganapathy, Vadivel hemochromatosis as a driver of cancer; nutrient transporters as novel drug targets to treat cancer; pathobiology of ulcerative colitis; role of iron and citrate in hepatosteatosis
  • Hardy, Daniel sperm protein function in egg recognition, the sperm-specific proteome, sex differences in connective tissue remodeling and repair
  • Kang, Min pharmacology, pharmacogenomics, drug resistance in pediatric cancers
  • Karamyshev, Andrey molecular mechanisms of human diseases, neurodegenerative disorders, protein translation regulation, gene silencing, RNA/protein quality control in health and disease
  • MacDonald, Clinton messenger RNA polyadenylation and splicing in testis, brain, and stem cells
  • Maurer, Barry translational development of novel, ceramide-based chemotherapeutics; Phase I/2 cancer trials; cell death mechanisms
  • Reddy, Hemachandra aging, neurodegenerative diseases – Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, oxidative stress and mitochondrial biology/therapeutics
  • Reynolds, Patrick cancer developmental therapeutics including testing of new agents, mechanisms of drug action and resistance, and development of cancer drug testing laboratory models
  • Schneider, Brandt role of cell growth and cell size in cellular aging and lifespan determination; molecular genetics of growth control; role of G1-phase cyclin-dependent kinases in cell size control
  • Thomas, Jeffrey morphogenesis of the cephalic furrow, cytoskeleton dynamics during development, Src64 signaling, developmental genetics
  • Urbatsch, Ina mechanistic diversity of ABC exporters in cystic fibrosis, cholesterol homeostasis and multidrug resistance of cancer cells: dynamics of ligand binding and substrate delivery

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