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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);
  • 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.

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

  • 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

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Dominique Derminio

FCH Environmental Chemistry
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Boyer

Kristopher Grohn

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Nomura and Gitsov

Kyle Parella

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Nomura

Ryan Scheel

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Nomura
Undergraduate Institution: SUNY-ESF (Biology)

Graduate Research Topic
Genetic engineering of Escherichia coli for the production of biodegradable polymers.

David Sgroi

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Boyer

Joseph Shoytush

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Nomura

Research/Professional history and details can be found on LinkedIn

Graduate Research Topic
Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Jeremy Sullivan

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Boyer