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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. We continue to leverage this interdisciplinary approach to yield break-through discoveries in biomedicine.

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

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Seminars & Events

  • BMB Thesis Defense | Hejia (Henry) Wang
    Wed, August 11, 11:00 am | Austrian Auditorium, CRB
    Cytosolic delivery of inhibitory antibodies with cationic lipids
  • JF Lecture Series | Steven M. Block, Stanford University
    Thursday, September 12 • 4:00 p.m. | Rubenstein Auditorium, Smilow
    Optical Tweezers: Biophysics, One Molecule at a Time

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Faculty Spotlight

Kenji Murakami, PhD

The Murakami lab seeks to understand the mechanisms of RNA polymerase II transcription activation in response to stress and its regulations in the context of chromatin. The lab is also interested in the mechanism of nucleotide excision repair (NER). In particular, we focus on the mechanism of how a set of factors serve dual functions in NER and transcription and how they are regulated.  In all of these projects we use primarily structural (cryo-EM and cross-linking mass spectrometry) and biochemical approaches to dissect the architecture and function of the macromolecular complexes we study.

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