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Biochemistry Area of Study for M.S., M.P.S. or Ph.D. in Chemistry

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Graduate studies in biochemistry reflect the College’s interests in microbial, insect, bio-based fuel, and plant biochemistry.

After completing a one-year sequence in general biochemistry, students select advanced courses from a range of offerings in chemistry, organismal biology and molecular biology. Advanced courses in biochemistry are available both at ESF and Syracuse University.

A wide variety of research topics are available ranging from plant physiology to biotechnology. Selective research topics include:

  • microbial and algal production of biologically active natural products and their importance in cell biology (BOYER, GINER, MAJUMDER);
  • chemical communication and recognition between organisms (ARTYUKHIN, WEBSTER, MAJUMDER);
  • marine algal toxins (BOYER);
  • Metabolomics of coral reef symbiotes (TEECE) the structure/function of natural biopolymers (NOMURA);
  • metabolic and protein engineering (MAJUMDER, NOMURA);
  • and global gene expression studies of biopolymer-producing bacteria (MAJUMDER, NOMURA).

Also, the use of microorganisms for the production of specialty chemicals including polysaccharide interconversions, and the application of bacterial and fungal enzymes and peptides in the bioremediation of environmental problems are explored.

Biochemistry Courses

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We strongly encourage prospective graduate students to contact the department or any professor whose research is of interest!

Faculty and their Specialties

Follow the links immediately below for detailed descriptions of research of any professor. Many other useful links are found just below the listing of faculty.

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Financial Support

Selected applicants to the graduate program will be offered a full tuition waiver and a 12 month stipend that will cover their living expenses, and the costs of books and fees. Students are supported primarily as research assistants rather than teaching assistants, and as a result they have more time to devote to their research.

Current Research Interests

  • sex specific metabolism (Artyukhin)
  • harmful algal blooms (Boyer)
  • Bioremediation, Bio-mining & Bioinorganic synthesis (Majumder)
  • cyanobacteria toxins (Boyer)
  • antibody and gene-based biosensors (Boyer)
  • Metabolomics of anaerobic bacterial communities/gut microbiome response to contaminates (Majumder)
  • genetic engineering of bacteria to produce biodegradable polymers (Nomura)
  • fatty acid biosynthetic enzymes (Nomura)
  • Gene and metabolite function (Majumder)
  • biodegradable biopolymers (Nomura)
  • Mechanisms of extracellular electron transfer and energy generation (Majumder)
  • natural insecticides from plants (Giner)
  • Interspecies sulfur metabolism and nutrient exchange (Majumder)
  • antiviral sterols from marine sponges (Giner)
  • aquatic organic chemistry (Hassett)
  • Light driven regulation of metabolism (Majumder)
  • carbon and sulfur metabolism of marine algae (Kieber)
  • Biobased polymers (Nomura)
  • Metabolomics of coral reef symbiotes (Teece)
  • bioenergetics (Teece)
  • insect pheremones (Webster)
  • Rhizosphere bacterial community metabolism (Majumder)

Current Graduate Students in Biochemistry

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Kristopher Grohn

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Gitsov

Kyle Parella

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Gitsov

Meegan Sleeper

Degree Sought: PHD