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Department of Biochemistry

A vigorous group of scientists and trainees dedicated to the expansion and transmission of knowledge about the biological world. Our particular focus is the characterization of macromolecules and biological processes at the molecular level. Research groups in the department address the structure of biological macromolecules, the mechanisms by which they function, and the possible applications to research technology and to medicine. more

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Brenda Bass, Ph.D.

Brenda Bass

Distinguished Professor Brenda Bass was among 84 new members and 21 foreign associates elected to the National Academy of Sciences in April 2015. Congratulations, Dr. Bass! Click here to read the full story, and also here for the Salt Lake Tribune article.

Research in the Bass laboratory is focused on double-stranded RNA (dsRNA)--its biologic functions and the proteins that bind it to mediate these functions. Our studies are divided between two dsRNA-mediated pathways: RNA editing by adenosine deaminases that act on RNA (ADARs), and RNA interference (RNAi).


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