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Biological Chemistry

Bio Chem Research Research in Biological Chemistry at Syracuse University focuses on problems ranging across a broad spectrum of the Life Sciences. Our work includes drug discovery, the interaction of biomolecules with light, elucidating the mechanism of action of pharmaceutical agents, the creation of biosensors and new biomaterials, the properties of metalloproteins, transport of metal ions in biomolecules, 3D structure determination, analysis of the optical purity of pharmaceutical agents, RNA-protein interactions, and the synthesis of new drugs. The tools of molecular biology are common to many of the projects.

Our research groups collaborate with a wide range of academic and biotech industry scientists in Syracuse and throughout the world. The SUNY Upstate Medical University and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry campuses adjoin Syracuse University. The Life Science departments at SU and the SUNY schools cooperate in obtaining first-class research equipment and incorporating the latest discoveries in classroom and laboratory work. 

Faculty with a Primary Interest in Biological Chemistry

 Philip N. Borer(emeritus) • John Franck
• Mark Braiman • James Hougland
• Carlos Castañeda • Ivan Korendovych
• Robert Doyle • Olga Makhlynets
• James Dabrowiak (emeritus)    Rachel Steinhardt
   Davoud Mozhdehi

Faculty with a Secondary Interest in Biological Chemistry

• Jerry Goodisman (emeritus) • Yan-Yeung Luk
• Bruce Hudson • Mathew M. Maye

Graduate Course Offerings in Biological Chemistry

CHE 612 - Metals in Medicine
CHE 614 - Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry
CHE 674 - Structural and Physical Biochemistry
BCM 630 - Journal Club in Molecular Pharmacology and Structural Biology
BCM 677 - Preparation and Analysis of Proteins and Nucleic Acids
BCM 684 - Biomolecular Modeling

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Undergraduate Studies in Biochemistry