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Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology

Field Description

The Graduate Field of Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cell Biology provides top ranking, multidisciplinary training in diverse aspects of biological and biomedical sciences. The Field  is supported by over 50 faculty. Our strengths range from structural and cellular biochemistry to developmental biology and molecular genetics.   Research topics include transcription, DNA replication and repair, RNA biology, membrane trafficking, the cytoskeleton, signal transduction, metabolic regulation, enzyme structure and mechanism, organelle function, biophysics of protein-protein and protein-lipid interactions, and virology.  The model organisms used in BMCB labs include bacteria, yeast, plants, C. elegans, Drosophila, mouse, and cultured human cell lines. Our program includes lecture and laboratory courses, at least one semester of teaching experience, and a research-intensive thesis project.

Contact Information

Website: http://bmcb.cornell.edu
Email: bmcb@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-2100

107 Biotechnology Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-2703

 

Subject and Degrees

Concentrations by Subject

Biochemistry

  • biochemistry

Molecular and Cell Biology

  • cell biology
  • molecular biology

Faculty

Eric E. Alani - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: genetic and biochemical studies in Saccaromyces cerevisiae aimed at understanding the role of DNA mismatch repair in maintaining genome stability
Yimon Aye - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: Focus is on innovating small-molecule chemistry-driven technologies in understanding mammalian redox regulation, manipulations of protein trafficking, protein multimerization. Research areas include biocompatible synthetic methodology, chemical biology, mechanistic biochemistry & mammalian cell biology.
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: structures and molecular mechanisms of cell surface receptors operative in immune responses
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology Research Interests: molecular evolution
Jeremy M. Baskin - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry; Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology Research Interests: chemical biology and cell biology of lipid signaling
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology Research Interests: microfilament organization and function in animal and yeast cells
William J. Brown - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology Research Interests: intracellular membrane trafficking and organelle biogenesis
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: signal transduction; growth factor receptors
Pamela V. Chang - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology Research Interests: host-microbe interactions, gut microbiome, microbiology and immunology
Joshua Chappie - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: Structure and function of nucleotide-driven molecular machines, bacterial pathogenesis and defense systems, protein-nucleic acid interactions, X-ray crystallography
Paula Cohen - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology; molecular biology Research Interests: investigation of the molecular regulation of meiotic recombination and crossing over in the mouse
Ruth N Collins - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology Research Interests: mechanisms of action of Rab GTPases
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology Research Interests: we develop and utilize cellular systems bioengineering approaches to study the signaling network alterations underlying the decline of stem cell function and tissue regeneration in aging and disease.
Brian Crane - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: metalloenzyme structure and catalysis, protein electron transfer, nitric oxide enzymology, bacterial chemotaxis, structure and function of circadian clock
Matthew P DeLisa - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry; Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology Research Interests: Biomolecular engineering; biopharmaceuticals; cellular machinery; glycobiology and glycoengineering; protein engineering; synthetic biology
Scott D. Emr - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology Research Interests: cell signaling; membrane dynamics
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: lipid-proteins interactional; membrane structure; cholesterol; Monte Carlo simulation
Thomas David Fox - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: mitochondrial genes; nuclear gene regulation
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: how cells maintain their internal organization through regulated protein transport and membrane trafficking events
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology; molecular biology Research Interests: regulation of cell motility during embryonic development
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology Research Interests: Drosophila genetics; molecular analysis of transvection effects and mitotic mutants
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology Research Interests: Eukaryotic gene regulation; post-transcriptional gene regulation; small RNAs; microRNA (miRNA); UTRs; evolution
Chun Han - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: Dendrite development; dendrite degeneration; dendrite/neuronal environment interaction; neural development
Maureen R Hanson - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: organelle gene expression; nuclear-organelle interactions; pollen development
John D Helmann - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: regulation of gene expression; enzymology of RNA polymerase
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry; Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology; molecular biology Research Interests: use of C. elegans to study the endocytic machinery
Fenghua Hu - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: axon regeneration and neurodegeneration
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: microtubule assembly and function and yeast cells/mechanisms of chromosome segregation
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of extracellular signaling; membrane receptors; ion channels; X-ray crystallography; electrophysiology; biochemistry
Ailong Ke - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: x-ray crystallography; structural biology and biochemistry focusing on RNA 3-end formation and turnover and RNA-protein complexes
Amnon Koren - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology Research Interests: genomics of DAN replication timing and mutagensis
Natasza Kurpios - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology; molecular biology Research Interests: Developmental biology; embryology; left-right asymmetry; gut morphogenesis; cell shape; cancer biology; cell adhesion; vascular development; angiogenesis
Hojoong Kwak - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry; Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology Research Interests: identifying regulatory regions of genome in human population;regulation of RNA lifespan in stress response; single cell genomics
Jan Lammerding - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology; molecular biology Research Interests: Cellular biomechanics; mechanotransduction signaling; nuclear envelope proteins; cancer; muscular dystrophy and heart disease; premature aging; stem cells
Sylvia Siu Lee - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology Research Interests: molecular genetics of aging in C. elegans
Ruth E. Ley - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology Research Interests: microbiome;microbial ecology of the mammalian gut; host-microbial interactions and co-evolution
Sergiy Libert - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology Research Interests: Aging; longevity; sirtuins; behavior; neurodegeneration
Hening Lin - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: NAD-dependent enzymes (including PARP, Sirtuin and CD38); diphthamide biosynthesis
David Ming Lin - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology Research Interests: Lin lab uses molecular, genetic and genomic tools to study the development and degeneration of the nervous systems, focusing on the mouse olfactory system
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: regulation of signal transduction and protein traffic by protein lipidation
John T Lis - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: gene regulation and chromatin structure
Jun (Kelly) Liu - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology; molecular biology Research Interests: molecular genetics of mesodermal cell fate specification in C. elegans; functions of nuclear envelope proteins in C. elegans development
Yuxin Mao - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: structural biology; membrane trafficking; phosphoinositide signaling
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: cell-cell interactions in plants; molecular mechanisms underlying cell surface receptor action; signal transduction
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: structural and dynamics studies of phosphorylated and unphosphorylated pp60c-scr; structural and dynamics studies of yeast MCM1
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology Research Interests: Cancer pathogenesis, stem cells, microRNAs, genetically modified mouse models, stem cell pathology
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology Research Interests: genome-wide approaches; microarray; high-throughput sequencing; RNA biology; pre-mRNA processing; splicing
Shu-Bing Qian - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology Research Interests: protein synthesis and degradation; mRNA translation and aging research
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: prokaryotic gene expression; transcription mechanisms; control of DNA repair
David G Russell - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology Research Interests: interplay between mycobacterium tuberculosis and its host cell, the macrophage
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology Research Interests: cell differentiation; control of gene expression; gene regulatory networks
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology Research Interests: mammalian genetics; reproductive biology; maintenance of genome integrity; development
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: structures and biological functions of small molecule metabolites in C. elegans and other model organisms
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: signaling of cellular oxidative stress; molecular mechanisms used by cellular pathways that sense and signal redox imbalances within the cell
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: theoretical prediction of protein conformational changes; computer algorithms for structural biology; SRC and other oncoproteins in the cell cycle
Marcus B. Smolka - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: proteomics; cell signaling; DNA damage response
Paul Soloway - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology Research Interests: epigenetics; epigenomic technologies; functional genomic analysis in mice
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology Research Interests: molecular mechanisms and regulation of cellular signal transduction
Jeongmin Song - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry; Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology; molecular biology Research Interests: salmonella typhi, typhoid fever, bacterial pathogenesis, bacterial toxins, host-pathogen interactions
David B Stern - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: gene expression in chloroplasts and mitochondria
Patrick J Stover - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: regulation of folic acid mediated one-carbon metabolism; determination of the metabolic role of leucovorin
Tudorita Tumbar - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology Research Interests: adult tissue stem cells
Bik-Kwoon Tye - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: cell cycle and developmental regulation of the initiation of DNA replication in eukaryotes
Volker M Vogt - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: structure and assembly of retroviruses; mobile introns
Michelle D Wang - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: biological molecular motors using biophysical techniques
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology Research Interests: molecular mechanism for the maintenance of genomic stability; cellular responses to DNA damage; mouse models of human cancer
Andrew C. White - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology Research Interests: cancer and stem cell biology of epithelial tissues
Gary R Whittaker - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry Research Interests: interactions of animal viruses with the host cell
Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology; molecular biology Research Interests: molecular, developmental, and genetic studies of Drosophila reproduction, embryogenesis, and nuclear envelope
Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry