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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

Subject and Degrees

Concentrations by Subject

Biochemistry

  • biochemistry
  • cell biology
  • molecular biology

Faculty

Eric E. Alani

  • Campus: 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

Barbara Ann Baird

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry
  • Research Interests: structures and molecular mechanisms of cell surface receptors operative in immune responses

Daniel A. Barbash

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology
  • Research Interests: molecular evolution

Jeremy M. Baskin

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry; Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology
  • Research Interests: chemical biology and cell biology of lipid signaling

Anthony Paul Bretscher

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology
  • Research Interests: microfilament organization and function in animal and yeast cells

William J. Brown

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology
  • Research Interests: intracellular membrane trafficking and organelle biogenesis

Richard A Cerione

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry
  • Research Interests: signal transduction; growth factor receptors

Pamela V. Chang

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology
  • Research Interests: host-microbe interactions, gut microbiome, microbiology and immunology

Joshua Chappie

  • Campus: 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

  • Campus: 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

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology
  • Research Interests: mechanisms of action of Rab GTPases

Benjamin Cosgrove

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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

  • Campus: 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

  • Campus: 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

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology
  • Research Interests: cell signaling; membrane dynamics

Gerald W Feigenson

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry
  • Research Interests: lipid-proteins interactional; membrane structure; cholesterol; Monte Carlo simulation

Cedric Feschotte

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry; Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology
  • Research Interests: genome biology and evolution; mobile genetic elements; endogenous viruses; gene regulation; noncoding RNAs

Thomas David Fox

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry
  • Research Interests: mitochondrial genes; nuclear gene regulation

Joseph Chris Fromme

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry
  • Research Interests: how cells maintain their internal organization through regulated protein transport and membrane trafficking events

Maria J. Garcia-Garcia

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology; molecular biology
  • Research Interests: regulation of cell motility during embryonic development

Michael Lewis Goldberg

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology
  • Research Interests: Drosophila genetics; molecular analysis of transvection effects and mitotic mutants

Andrew W. Grimson

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology
  • Research Interests: Eukaryotic gene regulation; post-transcriptional gene regulation; small RNAs; microRNA (miRNA); UTRs; evolution

Chun Han

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry
  • Research Interests: Dendrite development; dendrite degeneration; dendrite/neuronal environment interaction; neural development

Maureen R Hanson

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry
  • Research Interests: organelle gene expression; nuclear-organelle interactions; pollen development

John D Helmann

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry
  • Research Interests: regulation of gene expression; enzymology of RNA polymerase

Gunther Hollopeter

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry; Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology; molecular biology
  • Research Interests: use of C. elegans to study the endocytic machinery

Fenghua Hu

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry
  • Research Interests: axon regeneration and neurodegeneration

Tim Clark Huffaker

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry
  • Research Interests: microtubule assembly and function and yeast cells/mechanisms of chromosome segregation

Toshimitsu Kawate

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry
  • Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of extracellular signaling; membrane receptors; ion channels; X-ray crystallography; electrophysiology; biochemistry

Ailong Ke

  • Campus: 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

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology
  • Research Interests: genomics of DAN replication timing and mutagensis

Natasza Kurpios

  • Campus: 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

  • Campus: 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

  • Campus: 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

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology
  • Research Interests: molecular genetics of aging in C. elegans

Ruth E. Ley

  • Campus: 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

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology
  • Research Interests: Aging; longevity; sirtuins; behavior; neurodegeneration

Hening Lin

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry; Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology; molecular biology
  • Research Interests: NAD-dependent enzymes (including PARP, Sirtuin and CD38); diphthamide biosynthesis

David Ming Lin

  • Campus: 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

Maurine E. Linder

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry
  • Research Interests: regulation of signal transduction and protein traffic by protein lipidation

John T Lis

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry
  • Research Interests: gene regulation and chromatin structure

Jun (Kelly) Liu

  • Campus: 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

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry
  • Research Interests: structural biology; membrane trafficking; phosphoinositide signaling

June Bowman Nasrallah

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry
  • Research Interests: cell-cell interactions in plants; molecular mechanisms underlying cell surface receptor action; signal transduction

Linda K Nicholson

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry
  • Research Interests: structural and dynamics studies of phosphorylated and unphosphorylated pp60c-scr; structural and dynamics studies of yeast MCM1

Alexander Yu Nikitin

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology
  • Research Interests: Cancer pathogenesis, stem cells, microRNAs, genetically modified mouse models, stem cell pathology

Jeffrey A. Pleiss

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology
  • Research Interests: protein synthesis and degradation; mRNA translation and aging research

Jeffrey Warren Roberts

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry
  • Research Interests: prokaryotic gene expression; transcription mechanisms; control of DNA repair

David G Russell

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology
  • Research Interests: interplay between mycobacterium tuberculosis and its host cell, the macrophage

Marcos Sawada Simoes Costa

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology
  • Research Interests: cell differentiation; control of gene expression; gene regulatory networks

John C. Schimenti

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology
  • Research Interests: mammalian genetics; reproductive biology; maintenance of genome integrity; development

Frank C. Schroeder

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry
  • Research Interests: structures and biological functions of small molecule metabolites in C. elegans and other model organisms

Carolyn S. Sevier

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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

David I Shalloway

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry
  • Research Interests: proteomics; cell signaling; DNA damage response

Paul Soloway

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology
  • Research Interests: epigenetics; epigenomic technologies; functional genomic analysis in mice

Holger Sondermann

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology
  • Research Interests: molecular mechanisms and regulation of cellular signal transduction

Jeongmin Song

  • Campus: 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

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry
  • Research Interests: gene expression in chloroplasts and mitochondria

Patrick J Stover

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry
  • Research Interests: regulation of folic acid mediated one-carbon metabolism; determination of the metabolic role of leucovorin

Tudorita Tumbar

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology
  • Research Interests: adult tissue stem cells

Volker M Vogt

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry
  • Research Interests: structure and assembly of retroviruses; mobile introns

Michelle D Wang

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry
  • Research Interests: biological molecular motors using biophysical techniques

Robert Samuel Weiss

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology
  • Research Interests: cancer and stem cell biology of epithelial tissues

Gary R Whittaker

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry
  • Research Interests: interactions of animal viruses with the host cell

Mariana Federica Wolfner

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology: cell biology; molecular biology
  • Research Interests: molecular, developmental, and genetic studies of Drosophila reproduction, embryogenesis, and nuclear envelope

Haiyuan Yu

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry; Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology
  • Research Interests: quantitative biomedical systems biology; functional and comparative genomics; studies of biological networks; disease prognosis analysis

Haiyuan Yu

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Biochemistry: biochemistry; Molecular and Cell Biology: molecular biology