Biochemistry Area of Study for M.S., M.P.S. or Ph.D. in ChemistryApply
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);
- chemical communication and recognition between organisms (WEBSTER);
- marine algal toxins (BOYER);
- trace metal/nitrogen physiology of symbiotic plants and algae (BOYER);
- the structure/function of natural biopolymers (NOMURA);
- metabolic and protein engineering (NOMURA);
- and global gene expression studies of biopolymer-producing bacteria (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.
- FCH 530 Biochemistry I
- FCH 531 Biochemistry Laboratory
- FCH 532 Biochemistry II
- FCH 650 Plant Biochemistry
- All Chemistry Course Descriptions
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.
- Gregory L. Boyer; firstname.lastname@example.org
biochemistry and environmental chemistry, plant and algal biochemistry, chemical ecology and toxins produced by algae. environmental monitoring, including Buoy and ship-based monitoring systems for water quality
- Jose L. Giner; email@example.com
organic and natural products chemistry, sterol synthesis, natural products
- Christopher T. Nomura; firstname.lastname@example.org
biochemistry, polymer chemistry, biopolymer chemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, microbial physiology, biodegradable plastics, transcriptomics
- Arthur J. Stipanovic; email@example.com
polymer chemistry, biopolymers, biodegradable polymers, characterization, rheology
- Mark A. Teece; firstname.lastname@example.org
environmental chemistry, food web biochemistry, stable isotope biogeochemistry, coral, stable isotopes, metabolomics, biogeochemistry
- Francis X. Webster; email@example.com
pheremone chemistry, chemical ecology, organic chemistry
Graduate Biochemistry Links
- Graduate Chemistry Program Information Request
- Admission Information
- Important LInks
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
- harmful algal blooms (Boyer)
- microbial uptake of heavy metals (Boyer)
- cyanobacteria toxins (Boyer)
- antibody and gene-based biosensors (Boyer)
- genetic engineering of bacteria to produce biodegradable polymers (Nomura)
- fatty acid biosynthetic enzymes (Nomura)
- biodegradable biopolymer (Nomura)
- natural insecticides from plants (Giner)
- antiviral sterols from marine sponges (Giner)
- biomimetic synthesis (Giner)
- aquatic organic chemistry (Hassett)
- global carbon and sulfur cycles (Kieber)
- Biobased polymers (Stipanovic), (Nomura)
- biochemistry of coral reef food webs (Teece)
- bioenergetics (Teece)
- insect pheremones (Webster)
- steriochemical specific synthesis (Webster)
Current Graduate Students in Biochemistry
Current Students Only currently registered students appear new names appear at start of academic year
Graduate Research Topic
Genetic engineering of Escherichia coli for the production of biodegradable polymers.
Research/Professional history and details can be found on LinkedIn
Graduate Research Topic