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Welcome to Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

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Julia Promisel Cooper, Chair

As biochemists and molecular geneticists, we are in the midst of an unprecedented time of discovery - our conception of the molecular biology of cells is going from the equivalent of grainy black-and-white to high-resolution technicolor. From deciphering the choreography of transcription complexes, chromosomes and RNA molecules within cells to developing novel approaches to 3D molecular structure determination to understanding how viruses hijack a cell’s machinery and alter its metabolome, the researchers in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics (BMG) are at the forefronts of their fields both conceptually and technologically.

Maximal synergy and depth of thinking require an open, vibrant research environment in which people of all backgrounds thrive. We are passionately devoted to enhancing diversity and upholding uncompromised equity and anti-racism. These principles, along with the close proximity of BMG to other outstanding basic and clinical departments as well as several hospitals, vastly enhance our opportunities for collaboration and translation of paradigm-shifting basic discoveries to the clinic and beyond.

Research Areas

Highlighted Recent Publications

Proteolytic activation of human-specific Olduvai domains by the furin protease
Ashley Pacheco, Aaron Issaian, & Sikela & Hansen Labs with Vogeli Lab - January 2023 - Int J Biol Macromol

Structure and Formation of Z-DNA and Z-RNA
Jeffrey Krall, Parker Nichols, Morkos Henen, Quentin Vicens, & Beat Vogeli - January 2023 - Molecules

A single N6-methyladenosine site regulates lncRNA HOTAIR function in breast cancer cells
Allison Porman Swain & Johnson Lab - November 2022 - PLoS Biol

Xrn2 substrate mapping identifies torpedo loading sites and extensive premature termination of RNA pol II transcription
Michael Cortazar & Bentley Lab - November 2022 - Genes & Dev.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


News - 2022

Congratulations to all recent facultypostdoc, and graduate student awardees!

GhoneimJanuary 2023
Mohamed Ghoneim (Musselman Lab) has received an award from the CLC. Congratulations!  
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Michael Cortazar (Jagannathan Lab) has received an award from the AHA. Congratulations!  
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Quentin Vicens received an NIGMS grant award 1 R21GM148902-01, with Dr. Elena Rivas (Harvard University) as co-PI, title:"An all-in-one for RNA structure prediction using evolutionary information". Congratulations! 
ZabrezhnyyVDecember 2022
Zaberezhnyy, DeGregori Lab, has been awarded the 2022 Steven Fadul Award! Congratulations!
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November 2022
Rui Zhao and Heide Ford received a 2022 AB Nexus Award with Dr. Wang (CU Boulder).

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Jay Hesselberth
 received a 2022 AB Nexus Award with Dr. Kostov (CU Boulder).

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November 2022
AML research by James DeGregori, Harry Park, and the DeGregori Lab was highlighted in CU Anschutz Today.
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Rachel Culp-Hill (D’Alessandro Lab) received a 2022 CU Anschutz Research Award for Trainee Research Excellence. Congratulations!
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Jay Hesselberth received a 2022 CU Anschutz Research Award for Research Faculty Collaborator. Congratulations!

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September 2022
Quentin Vicens and Beat Vogeli were awarded an NSF grant to study the structure and mechanism of Z-RNA recognition by ADAR1Congratulations!

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September 2022
Catherine Musselman and Christian Mosimann were awarded an NSF grant that was highlighted in the SOM NewsroomCongratulations!

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Neel Mukherjee has been awarded an NIGMS MIRA award. Congratulations!

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August 2022
Rishi Nageshan, Rahul Thadani, and Julie Cooper, Cooper Lab, were highlighted in a recent article with the SEA-PHAGES Summer Program. Congratulations! 
Jay Hesselberth -- 500 x 600July 2022
Jay Hesselberth and his team were awarded a 2022 ASPIRE Program Team Award for their research on Mechanisms of immune protection and pathology by lymph node stromal cells. Congratulations!


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June 2022
Morkos Henen, Quentin Vicens, and Beat Vögeli were co-guest editors for a collection of articles aimed to present novel approaches, technologies, targets, and therapeutics in the area of drug discovery. Congratulations!

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June 2022
Elan Eisenmesser and Beat Vogeli were awarded an R21 "The SARS-CoV-2 Nucleocapsid interactions with RNA and host cell cyclophilin-A". Congratulations!
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