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The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics is built on a foundation of innovation and excellence in biomedical research. Our faculty bring strength in RNA biology, structural biology and biochemistry, cancer research, genomics, and in yeast genetics and molecular biology.  

The Department offers excellent opportunities for postdoc​toral and graduate research training. Our faculty are active in most of the interdepartmental graduate training programs on campus, including Biomedical Sciences, Cancer Biology, Computational Biosciences, Human Medical Genetics and Genomics, Medical Scientist Training (MD/PhD), Molecular Biology, and Structural Biology and Biochemistry.

The close proximity of other basic science and clinical departments on the new Anschutz Medical Campus provides an excellent environment for learning and collaboration, from the most basic questions in biology to research with the potential to have a direct impact on clinical practice.

Mark Johnston, Chair​
Mark Johnston, Chair​

There has never been a better time to be a biological scientist! As a result of stunning advances made over the past two decades in Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, we now know enough about the basis of life to be able to pose deep and important questions about how cells work. And the remarkable tools at our disposal put us in a position conceive and perform incisive experiments to answer those questions. Never before have we had such opportunities to understand the mechanisms of life and the basis of disease!

The University of Colorado School of Medicine provides an outstanding environment for posing and answering these critical questions. Like the Rocky mountains that provide the backdrop for our labs, this is clearly a place on the rise! But more important, the people here are terrific colleagues. They are at the forefront of their fields, excited to be biological researchers at this remarkable time in history. Students, postdocs, professors and staff, working together toward a common goal: to contribute to an understanding how living things work, and how disease can result when things go awry.

Spend some time on our pages and check out the people—biochemists, molecular biologists, genome scientists and geneticists—that make our Department a great place for discovery. Then consider joining us in our quest to learn and understand.

Contact Info

12801 E. 17th Ave.
RC1 South, Rm 10101
Aurora, CO 80045

Departmental Contact:
​Karen Vockrodt
Phone: 303.724.3200
Fax: 303.724.3215

Recent Publications


Neel Mukherjee was awarded a Boettcher Foundation grant.

As part of a six PI collaborative grant, Drs. Hansen and D’Alessandro have received a five-year $11 million grant from the NIH!

Congratulations to the Spring 2019 RBI Grant Awardees
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Srinivas Ramachandran was awarded an American Cancer Society IRG award

Beat Vogeli was awarded an ALSAM Foundation grant.

Nova Fong was nominated and received the 2018 Steven Fadul Award! This award honors outstanding PRAs in the School of Medicine. Congratulations, Nova!

Dr. Johnston presented his retirement seminar on 12.7.18!

Angelo D’Alessandro has been honored with the title of National Blood Foundation Scholar.

The Hodges’ family won Gold in the mixed team triathlon at the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George Utah!

Rui Zhao was awarded a NIH NIGMS R01 award.

Elan Eisenmesser was awarded a National Science Foundation grant.

Changwei Liu was awarded an NIH NCI U01 award.

Olivia Rissland was awarded an NIH NIGMS MIRA award.

Matthew Taliaferro was awarded a Boettcher Foundation grant. He was also recently a final applicant chosen for the Pews Scholar Program. The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health.

Hongjin Zheng was awarded an NIH NIGMS R01 award.

Sujatha Jagannathan was awarded a Friends of FSH research grant. She was also recently a final applicant chosen for the Searle Scholars funding. Searle Scholars supports independent research of outstanding early-career scientists who have been recently appointed as assistant professors on a tenure track appointment.

Jeffrey Kieft, PhD research was recently highlighted in CU Medicine Today!

Jeffrey Kieft, PhD, professor of biochemistry and molecular genetics, has been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology. The academy, which is the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology, recognizes excellence, originality, and leadership in the microbiological sciences. Over the last 50 years, 2,500 scientists have been elected to the Academy. Fellows are elected through a highly selective, annual, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.

Beat Vogeli’s article NOE-Derived Methyl Distances from a 360 kDa Proteasome Complex published in Chemistry- A European Journal was identified as a “Hot Paper” for having results of great significance.