Biochemistry

We are a diverse and inclusive community conducting biochemical research at the forefront of current knowledge; educating medical students, graduate students and fellows; and serving the institution, the extended scientific community, and society at large. Our particular focus is the characterization of macromolecules and biological processes at the molecular level. Research groups in the department determine the structures of biological macromolecules, elucidate the mechanisms by which they function, and translate this information to advance research technology and medicine.

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Matthew Miller, PhD

Matthew Miller, PhD, recently joined the University of Utah School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Matt earned his bachelor's in biology from Carleton College (Northfield, Minnesota), and then worked at NatureWorks LLC (Minnetonka, Minnesota), combining metabolic engineering and genetics to develop biocatalysts for the production of biodegradable plastic. He earned his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked with Angelika Amon studying meiotic cyclin-dependent kinase regulation and the consequences of misregulation. Matt conducted his postdoctoral training with Sue Biggins at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center where he was a Damon Runyon postdoctoral fellow investigating the mechanisms by which tension stabilizes kinetochore-microtubule attachments. He was subsequently awarded a Damon Runyon Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists. Matt joined the faculty of the University of Utah in May of 2019.

 

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Job Opening: Assistant Professor, Chemical Biology

This hiring initiative is part of our major, institution-wide initiative to develop a world-class environment for chemical biology at the University of Utah. We are interested in areas that include (but are not limited to) bioorganic chemistry, drug design/discovery, protein design/engineering, natural product-inspired drug design, computer-guided drug discovery, proteomics/mass spectrometry, synthetic medicinal chemistry, nucleic acid chemistry, chemical probes, screening technologies, and synthetic biology.

We invite applicants for two tenure-track faculty positions in all areas of chemical biology, broadly defined.

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