DEPARTMENT OF BIOCHEMISTRY, CELL BIOLOGY & GENOMICS

New Research Discoveries…Prion Synaptotoxicity

prionspinesCongratulations to Cheng Fang and colleagues in the Harris lab for their recent paper in PLOS Pathogens which developed an in vitro neuronal system in which to study the early assault by prions on brain cells of the infected host. This system provides new insights into the mechanisms responsible for prion neurotoxicity, and it provides a platform for characterizing different pathogenic forms of PrPSc and testing potential therapeutic agents. For more info on the Harris laboratory please visit: Harris lab.

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Spotlight on…New Faculty

Our Department is pleased to announce the recruitment of 2 new faculty members. Dr. Daniel Cifuentes (right) started in November and his laboratory aims to uncover how the interplay of RNA-binding proteins and their targets orchestrate early embryogenesis using zebrafish as a model system. Dr. Alla Grishok (left) joined our Department in April 2016 and her laboratory utilizes the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans and focuses on new mechanisms of gene regulation by short RNAs and chromatin-modifying complexes. For past Spotlights:Archives

Initiative in Genetics & Genomics »

Recruiting New Faculty!

Message from the Chair » 

New! September 2015

Department News »

  • Apr 29, 2016 Congratulations Graduates The Department of Biochemistry would like to congratulate Samantha Hiemer, Larry Pessolano,...
  • Apr 27, 2016 Welcome New Students The Department of Biochemistry would like to welcome 3 PhD graduate students......