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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.

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News - 2022

Congratulations to all recent facultypostdoc, and graduate student awardees!


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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! 
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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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June 2022
Rui Zhao has been awarded an NIGMS MIRA award! Congratulations!

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Morkos Henen, Vogeli Lab, was awarded an R21 from NIH to fund research on COVID 19. Congratulations! 
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June 2022
Elizabeth Spear, Kieft Lab, won a "Best Poster" Award at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the RNA Society. Congratulations!

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Suja Jagannathan was awarded a 2022 Translational Research Scholar Award! Congratulations!
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Rachel Culp-Hill, D'Alessandro Lab, received the Graduate Student Distinguished Service Award from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Congratulations!
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Ankita Arora, Taliaferro Lab, is one of 10 delegates selected for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Advocacy Training Program! Congratulations!
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Mark Johnston, Professor Emeritus, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences! Congratulations!
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Julie Cooper was awarded a R01 NIGMS grant. Congratulations!

 April 2022
RBI was highlighted in the ‘Transforming Healthcare’ Series. You can watch the presentation here. Congratulations!
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March 2022

Allison Porman Swain, Johnson Lab, has been awarded the K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the NIH/NIDCR for her project “N6-methyladenosine in Candida white-opaque switching and oral infection”. Congratulations!

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