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University of Colorado Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

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 postdoctoral 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:
​Sue Brozowski
Phone: 303.724.3202
Fax: 303.724.3215


Jay Hesselberth has been awarded an NIGMS R35 MIRA Award

Aaron Johnson has been awarded an NIGMS R35 MIRA Award

Jeffrey Kieft​ has been awarded an NIGMS R35 MIRA Award

James Sikela has been awarded an NIH R01 “Investigation of DUF1220 domains in human brain function and disease”​

Hongjin Zheng​ has been awarded a Boettcher Foundation Grant


  • Friday Research Talks​
    11 AM-12 PM select Fridays
    Light lunch follows
    Everyone welcome!

  • Sadler Le​cture: Bonnie L Bassler, Princeton University 
    February 13, 2017


Year | Month | Week | Day 
From:    To:    
Title Start Time
RNA Bioscience Initiative Sponsored Seminar (BMG) 3/6/2017 12:00:00 PM
RNA Bioscience Initiative Sponsored Seminar (BMG) 3/20/2017 12:00:00 PM