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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


Shared properties and singularities of exoribonuclease-resistant RNAs in viruses

Kieft Lab – July 2021 – Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal

 

Recruitment of endoplasmic reticulum-targeted and cytosolic mRNAs into membrane-associated stress granules

Jagannathan Lab – July 2021 – RNA Journal

 

Chronic interleukin-1 exposure triggers selection for Cebpa-knockout multipotent hematopoietic progenitors

DeGregori Lab – June 2021 – Journal of Experimental Medicine

 

RNA-binding proteins regulate aldosterone homeostasis in human steroidogenic cells

Mukherjee Lab – June 2021 – RNA Journal

 

The Inherent Dynamics and Interaction Sites of the SARS-CoV-2 Nucleocapsid N-Terminal Region

Eisenmesser Lab – June 2021 – Journal of Molecular Biology

 

Establishing RNA-RNA interactions remodels lncRNA structure and promotes PRC2 activity

Johnson Lab – April 2021 – Science Advances

 

Cooperative binding between distant transcription factors is a hallmark of active enhancers

Ramachandran Lab – April 2021 – Molecular Cell

 

Centromeres are dismantled by foundational meiotic proteins Spo11 and Rec8

Cooper Lab – March 2021 - Nature

 

Alternative RNA structures formed during transcription depend on elongation rate and modify RNA processing

Bentley Lab – February 2021 – Molecular Cell

 

Recognition of non-CpG repeats in Alu and ribosomal RNAs by the Z-RNA binding domain of ADAR1 induces A-Z junctions

Vögeli Lab - February 2021 - Nature Communications

 

The disordered Spindly C-terminus interacts with RZZ subunits ROD-1 and ZWL-1 in the kinetochore through the same sites in C. elegans

Vögeli Lab - February 2021 - JMB

 

Structural and mechanistic bases for a potent HIV-1 capsid inhibitor

Asturias Lab - October 2020 - Science

 

Physiologic RNA Targets and Refined Sequence Specificity of Coronavirus EndoU

Hesselberth Lab - September 2020 - RNA Journal

 

Comprehensive Chromosome End Remodeling during Programmed DNA Elimination
Davis Lab - September 2020 - Current Biology

 

The crystal structure of a Polerovirus exoribonuclease-resistant RNA shows how diverse sequences are integrated into a conserved fold

Kieft Lab - August 2020 - RNA Journal



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Prospective Postdoctoral Scholars

 

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Prospective Graduate Students

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

 

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News


Congratulations to all recent postdoc and graduate student awardees!

  
Casey Greene

August 2021

Casey Greene was highlighted in the CU Anschutz Medical Campus News – “CU Researcher and Colleagues Offer Standards for Studies Using Machine Learning

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July 2021

Matt Taliaferro and Chad Pearson (CDB) were awarded a $1 million research grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation. Congratulations!

Evan Morrison

July 2021

Evan Morrison, Rissland Lab, was awarded the HHMI Gilliam fellowship. Congratulations!

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July 2021

Suja Jagannathan was awarded a FSHD Society grant. Congratulations!

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July 2021

Eric Pietras (Division of Hematology) and James DeGregori's publications were highlighted in the CU Anschutz Medical Campus News – “Two Studies by CU Cancer Center Researchers Explore Link Between Inflammation and Leukemia

Natalie Davidson

June 2021

Natalie Davidson's, Greene Labpublication - "Analysis of scientific journalism in Nature reveals gender and regional disparities in coverage" - was highlighted in a Nature editorial.

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June 2021

Olivia Rissland was awarded the NSF CAREER. Congratulations!
Jeff Kieft -- 60 x 75

June 2021

Jeff Kieft was awarded a CCTSI Pilot grant. Congratulations!

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James DeGregori -- 60 x 75

June 2021

Srinivas Ramachandran and James DeGregori were awarded a CU Cancer Center grant. Congratulations!

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June 2021

David Bentley shared his knowledge of mRNA technology in an interview with 9News – “After what scientists learned from COVID vaccines, a look at the future of mRNA technology

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May 2021

The Johnson, Mukherjee and Zhao labs were highlighted in the CU Anschutz Medical Campus News – “Are the COVID-19 Vaccines Good News for Cancer Care?

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May 2021

Zoe O’Donoghue, Kieft Lab, has been selected to be one of the prestigious AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows in DC, starting this fall. Zoe has also been awarded the Graduate School Student Award for Distinguished Service. Congratulations!

Melissa Haendel

Casey Greene

May 2021

Melissa Haendel and Casey Greene were highlighted in the CU Anschutz Medical Campus News – “With a treasure trove of data, CU Anschutz gears up to strike gold

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April 2021

Rachel Culp-Hill (D’Alessandro lab) was awarded the STBB Student Award for Research Excellence. Congratulations!

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April 2021

Srinivas Ramachandran and Satyanarayan Rao’s Molecular Cell publication was highlighted in the CU Anschutz Medical Campus News – “How transcription factors work together in cancer formation

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April 2021

Multiple BMG CU Cancer Center Member's PNAS publication was highlighted in the CU Anschutz Medical Campus News - "A drug that can stop tumors from growing"

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April 2021

Jim Sikela was awarded an Autism Speaks grant. Congratulations!

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