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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

Promiscuity of response regulators for thioredoxin steers bacterial virulence

Morkos Henen & Beat Vögeli - October 2022 - Nature Communications 


The pausing zone and control of RNA polymerase II elongation by Spt5: implications for the pause-release model 

Nova Fong, Ryan Sheridan, Srinivas Ramachandran, & David Bentley - October 2022 - ScienceDirect


High-throughput identification of RNA localization elements in neuronal cells

Ankita Arora, Matthew Taliaferro, & Charlie Moffatt - September 2022 - Oxford Academic


Ligand-specific conformational change drives interdomain allostery in Pin1

Morkos Henen & Beat Vogeli - August 2022 - Nature Communications 


Thoughts on how to think (and talk) about RNA structure

Quentin Vicens & Jeff Kieft - April 2022 - PNAS

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


News - 2022

Congratulations to all recent facultypostdoc, and graduate student awardees!

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November 2022
Rui Zhao and Heide Ford received a 2022 AB Nexus Award with Dr. Wang (CU Boulder).

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Jay Hesselberth
 received a 2022 AB Nexus Award with Dr. Kostov (CU Boulder).

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November 2022
AML research by James DeGregori, Harry Park, and the DeGregori Lab was highlighted in CU Anschutz Today.
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Rachel Culp-Hill (D’Alessandro Lab) received a 2022 CU Anschutz Research Award for Trainee Research Excellence. Congratulations!
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Jay Hesselberth received a 2022 CU Anschutz Research Award for Research Faculty Collaborator. Congratulations!

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September 2022
Quentin Vicens and Beat Vogeli were awarded an NSF grant to study the structure and mechanism of Z-RNA recognition by ADAR1Congratulations!

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September 2022
Catherine Musselman and Christian Mosimann were awarded an NSF grant that was highlighted in the SOM NewsroomCongratulations!

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Neel Mukherjee has been awarded an NIGMS MIRA award. Congratulations!

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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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