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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

Pre-mRNA splicing and its co-transcriptional connections
Hossein Shenasa & David Bentley - May 2023 - Trends in Genetics

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

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

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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!

Sujatha JagannathanFeb 2024
Suja Jagannathan has received an
Rui ZhaoJan 2024
Rui Zhao has received a grant from the UCCC Wings of Hope!
Jay Hesselberth -- 500 x 600Jan 2024
Jay Hesselberth has received an award from the NSF!
Hongjin ZhengJan 2024
Hongjin Zheng has received an NIH R01 award!
Jan 2024
Elan Eisenmesser
received an award from the NSF!
Cendali, FrancescaDec 2023
Francesca Cendali, D’Alessandro Lab, received the 2023 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Abstract Achievement Award recognizing trainees with highest scoring abstracts!
Charlie	MoffattDec 2023
Charlie Moffatt, Taliaferro Lab, received an F31 fellowship from the NIH!
Angelo D'AlessandroNov 2023
Angelo D’Alessandro and his lab have been highlighted in The Denver Post9News, and CUAnschutz today!
Neel Mukherjee -- 500 x 600Nov 2023
Neel Mukherjee received a Resource Development Pilot grant from the University of Colorado Cancer Center!
Srinivas Ramachandran -- 500 x 600Nov 2023
Srinivas Ramachandran received an award from the CLC!
Rui ZhaoNov 2023
Rui Zhao received an award from the CLC!
Ning ZhaoNov 2023
Ning Zhao received an award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!
hesselberthJayOct 2023
Jay Hesselberth and Kim Jordan received a SIRC award to purchase a Xenium Analyzer from 10x Genomics.
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