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Cell Biology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology

Cell Biology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology is the fundamental study of the underlying molecular processes that drive how organisms live, breathe, and communicate, i.e., how they function. Faculty in this research group are interested in the cellular cycle of life: differentiation, growth, maintenance, and death. Sub-specialties represented within this group include: aging, bioinformatics, biophysics, cell biology, enzymology, metabolic biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics and epigenetics, genomics, lipid biochemistry, microbiology, multi-scale neurobiology, nucleic acid and protein chemistry, pathogenesis and toxicology, reproductive biology, and tumor biology. Studies in some of these areas may lead to a better understanding of the molecular origins of disease, and to development of drugs and other therapies to combat disease.

Members of the Cell Biology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology research group study molecular processes in a wide range of organisms (e.g., bacteria, fungi, plants, roundworms, fruit flies, echinoderms, mollusks, fish, mammals, cell lines, and primary cultures). With continuing advancements in single-molecule methods, chemical biology, genome sequencing, and multi-scale approaches in biophysics, our faculty are tackling ever more complex scientific questions.

Our researchers enjoy the use of up-to-date facilities and instrumentation needed for dynamic and collaborative science. These include a confocal light microscope, mass spectrometer, ultracentrifuges, and nuclear magnetic resonance, in addition to greenhouses, a Climate Change Garden and field plots, fresh water and marine aquaria, and small animal vivaria. Cell Biology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology group members collaborate extensively with each other, and with others in the departments of Chemistry, Physics, and Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University, as well as with faculty at SUNY Upstate Medical University.