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Welcome to Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Julia Promisel Cooper -- 500 x 600

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.

The molecular mechanism of sialic acid transport mediated by Sialin
Wenxin Hu & Hongjin Zheng - January 2023 - Science Advances


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Prospective Graduate Students

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


News Announcements

Congratulations to all recent facultypostdoc, and graduate student awardees!

Srinivas Ramachandran -- 500 x 600May 2023
Srinivas Ramachandran received a 2023 AB Nexus Award with Dr. Palmer (CU Boulder)!


Travis Nemkov

May 2023
Metabolomic research by Angelo D’Alessandro and Travis Nemkov was highlighted in CU Anschutz Today!
Zhongyou LiMay 2023
Zhongyou Li, Jagannathan Lab, has been awarded a grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!
Travis Nemkov

May 2023
Travis Nemkov was highlighted in an article in USA Today!

Olivia RisslandApril 2023
Olivia Rissland received an NIH MIRA renewal and an NIH R21 award!

March 2023
The Johnson Lab has been awarded two new collaborative grants from the National Science Foundation's Dark Dimensions of the RNA Regulome Ideas Lab!

Neel Mukherjee -- 500 x 600

March 2023
Neel Mukherjee and his lab were highlighted in the CU Anschutz Research Annual Report!

Matt Taliaferro -- 500 x 600

March 2023
Matt Taliaferro was highlighted for his article in ‘The Conversation’!

Julia Promisel Cooper -- 500 x 600March 2023
Dr. Cooper and her lab were highlighted in the new CUAnschutz “Possibilities Endless” marketing campaign!
Hongjin Zheng -- 500 x 600February 2023
Hongjin Zheng received an NIH R21 award!
Catherine Nicholas -- 60 x 70February 2023
Catherine Nicholas, Hesselberth Lab, received the NIH / NIDDK F31 award for "Characterizing molecular phenotypes of pancreatic islet reactive B cells in T1D through single cell sequencing"!
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