Biochemistry

In the Biochemistry Department, we are 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.

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University of Utah Names Six Additional Recipients of the Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chairs
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Jul 08, 2019

University of Utah Names Six Additional Recipients of the Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chairs

The University of Utah and the Huntsman Foundation have announced six additional presidential faculty chairs. The Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chairs provide sweeping support to academic researchers, educators, and clinicians spanning a wide array of fields. The presidential chairs are named for the late businessman, philanthropist and founder of the Huntsman Cancer Institute.... Read More

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Tim Formosa highlighted in GENETICS
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Mar 01, 2019

Tim Formosa highlighted in GENETICS

"Using a combination of in vitro biochemistry, genetics, and genomics, McCullough and Pham et al. explore how the histone:DNA contact at the entry/exit site of nucleosomes affects the functions of the histone chaperone FACT in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. They find that FACT and histone H3-K56 acetylation collaborate to establish the appropriate chromatin architecture. This role appears to be important for maintaining the features of chromatin independent of ongoing transcription as well as in response to the effects of transcription on chromatin integrity." GENETICS March 2019 Highlight... Read More

Biochemistry

Faculty Spotlight

Gregory Ducker, PhD, has recently joined the University of Utah School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry. Originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota, Ducker graduated with a BA in chemistry from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He then moved to California to pursue a PhD in chemical biology at the University of California, Berkeley under the supervision of Kevan Shokat. Subsequently, he carried out postdoctoral work at Princeton University studying cancer metabolism with Joshua Rabinowitz. During his time at Princeton, Ducker was named a New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research fellow, received an American Cancer Society postdoctoral research fellowship, and an NIH/ National Cancer Institute K99/R00 pathway to independence award. He joined the faculty of the University of Utah in September 2018. Read more

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