One goal of my lab is to define the mechanism by which telomeres mediate chromosomal end protection and telomerase action using structural, biochemical and cellular tools. Understanding the mechanism of telomere maintenance is important in understanding the complex biological processes of cancer and aging. Our work encompasses detailed characterization of the proteins that bind the conserved single-stranded overhang at telomeres to understand both how their unique affinities and specificities are achieved as well as the biological roles for these activities. A second goal of my lab is to understand the protein interactions that mediate the activities of long non-coding RNAs and non-standard protein/RNA interactions. We have discovered a new role for transcriptional factors that bind RNA as well as DNA. The specificity of RNA binding and its role in cells is a current focus of the lab.
structural biology, telomere and telomerase, ssDNA, protein, long non-coding RNA and non-canonical protein, RNA interactions, transcription/RNA, molecular recognition
BCHM 4761 - Biochemistry Laboratory
Two 4-hour periods per week. Introduction to modern biochemical techniques. Topics include enzymology, spectrophotometry, electrophoresis, multi-step protein purification, recombinant DNA techniques and molecular cloning. Formerly CHEM 4761.
BCHM 5770 - Fundamentals of Biochemistry I
Analysis of topics in biochemistry including DNA structure and replication, RNA synthesis and processing, protein synthesis, enzyme function and mechanism, and protein structure and dynamics. Intended as a comprehensive treatment of areas central to modern biochemistry for entering graduate students. Lectures concurrent with BCHM 5771 covering the same topics except for the requirement of a written research proposal. Formerly CHEM 5770.
BCHM 5781 - Advanced General Biochemistry 2
Spring 2021 / Spring 2023
Lect. Detailed consideration of contemporary topics in biochemistry, including protein structure (primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary), methods of structure determination and prediction, protein folding (kinetics, thermodynamics, denaturation, and renaturation), and protein dynamics (internal motions and methods of analysis). Formerly CHEM 5781.
BCHM 5801 - Advanced Signal Transduction and Cell Cycle Regulation
Lect. Advanced discussion of current research and literature in signal transduction, including ligands, receptors, and intracellular signaling pathways, as well as control on transcription, chromatin structure, DNA replication, mitosis, and cell cycle progression. Recommended prerequisites: CHEM 5771 and CHEM 5781 and MCDB 5210 or MCDB 5220. Formerly CHEM 5801.
MCDB 6000 - Introduction to Laboratory Methods
Introduces methodology and techniques used in biological research. Designed as a tutorial between a few students and one faculty member. Students are expected to read original research papers, discuss findings, and to plan and execute experiments in selected areas. May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours.