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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


Congratulations to all recent postdoc and graduate student fellowship awardees!

Jay HesselberthJuly 2020
Jay Hesselberth was awarded an Advanced Industries Accelerator Spark Grant.
Matt TaliaferroJuly 2020
Matthew Taliaferro was awarded a Cancer League of Colorado Research Grant.
Angelo D'AlessandroJuly 2020
Angelo D’Alessandro’s research on COVID-19 was highlighted in Reuters.
Srinivas Ramachandran

June 2020
Srinivas Ramachandran was named a Pew-Stewart Scholar for Cancer Research.

Suja Jagannathan

June 2020
Suja Jagannathan was awarded the FSHD Society Young Investigator Award, honoring Suja’s ground-breaking work on the molecular mechanisms underlying this genetic muscle disease.

Hongjin ZhengApril 2020
Hongjin Zheng was awarded an R21 NIA grant.

Giovana Breda Veronezi

Allison Porman Swain

April 2020
Giovana Maria Breda Veronezi (Davis Lab) interviewed Allison Porman Swain (Johnson Lab) for the blog "Ciência pelos olhos delas" (“Science through her eyes”), linked to the University of Campinas, in Brazil.

Olivia Rissland

March 2020
Olivia Rissland was awarded an R21 NIAID grant.

DAlessandro -- 60 x 70March 2020
Angelo D'Alessandro was awarded an R21 NHLBI grant and an R01 NHLBI grant.
Aaron Johnson

March 2020
Aaron Johnson was awarded an NSF grant.

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February 2020
Angelo D’Alessandro won the Jean Julliard Award for Transfusion Medicine from the International Society for Blood Transfusion.

James Sikela

January 2020
James Sikela's recent Human Genetics publication was named one of the 10 most downloaded articles of 2019 for that journal.

Suja Jagannathan

January 2020
Suja Jagannathan was awarded a grant from Friends of FSH Research and The Chris Carrino Foundation for FSHD to study the role of aberrant protein synthesis in FSHD.