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Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Kristen W. Lynch, PhD
Ronen Marmorstein, PhD
Vice Chair

As one of the first departments of Biochemistry and Biophysics in the nation, we are proud of our strong tradition of combining cutting-edge technology with impactful biology and continue to leverage this interdisciplinary approach to yield break-through discoveries.

Our faculty of over 30 primary and secondary members cover a broad range of research areas, with particular strengths in structural biology, chemical biology, gene regulation and protein folding. 

We are also the proud home of the Eldridge Reeves Johnson Research Foundation which offers advanced physical instrumentation and instruction to researchers across campus.

We are actively growing, with several recent hires, and our faculty are broadly engaged across campus with many joint appointments in other departments, institutes and centers.

We welcome you to learn more about our department in the following pages or contact us.

News & Publications

  • Lynch Lab in Nature Communications
    June 2018
    Lynch Lab and colleagues identify new mechanism of splicing in the flu virus and human cells.
  • Garcia awarded Biemann Medal
    June 2018
    BEN GARCIA has been awarded the Biemann Medal by the American Society for Mass Spectrometry - one of the highest honors that the society awards, given in recognition of significant achievement in early stages of a career.
  • Garcia in Cell Reports
    June 2018
    New LcRNAs identified in ants thanks to Mass Spectrometry and a collaborative effort between Ben Garcia and Roberto Bonasio
  • Wilusz in Genes & Development
    May 2018
    Congrats to the Wilusz Lab for their new paper showing how circular RNAs move to the cytoplasm

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Seminars & Events

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Faculty Spotlight

Kathy Fange Liu, PhD

Welcome to the newest faculty in the Department, Dr. Kathy Fange Liu!  Dr. Liu joins us from U Chicago, where she was a post-doctoral fellow with Chuan He and Tao Pan.  She brings expertise in enzymology and RNA modifications to the Department. The rapidly growing Liu Lab studies the roles of RNA epigenetics in the regulation of human energy homeostasis using a broad spectrum of research tools including of RNA biochemistry, structural biology, and Next-Gen sequencing. Topics of study in the Liu Lab currently include: regulation of mRNA and tRNA modifications; identification and function of new types of modifications in messenger RNA; and the relationship between tRNA modification, tRNA fragmentation and disease.

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