Areas of Research

Students have the opportunity to select from a variety of research projects in different areas for their dissertation research.

Faculty with primary appointments in Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics (link to Faculty listing) study:

  • cancer chemotherapeutics
  • protein modifications and function
    • methylation, lipid peroxidation
  • ribosome biogenesis
  • carbohydrate metabolism
  • gene regulation mechanisms
    • environmental, developmental, aging, and hormonal regulatory mechanisms
  • genetic susceptibility to breast cancer
  • immunogenetics and disease
  • immuno-oncology
  • alchohol-related disorders
  • oncogenesis and tumor suppression
  • miRNA regulation and function
In addition, faculty from various clinical departments have associate appointments in our department and participate in teaching and training our students (link to Associate Faculty listing)

Those currently mentoring Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics students are:

Bates, PaulaMedicine, Brown Cancer Center
Beverly, LeviMedicine, Brown Cancer Center
Lee, DonghanMedicine, Brown Cancer Center
Lehman, NormanPathology and Laboratory Medicine
Mitchell, RobertMedicine, Brown Cancer Center
Moore, JosephMedicine, Brown Cancer Center
Powell, DavidMedicine, Nephrology and Hypertension
Trent, JohnMedicine, Brown Cancer Center

Selecting a Research Mentor and Lab

Each year faculty will present Research Interests of Faculty (RIFs- link to booklet) for incoming Ph.D. students.

It is the student’s responsibility to talk with faculty to arrange for laboratory research rotations. Students are required to complete 2 rotations; the first rotation begins in October and the second rotation begins in January. Each rotation is 6 weeks and 120 hours. A third lab rotation can be requested and completed in the Spring semester. The expectation is the student will be in a laboratory by the end of Spring semester of the first year in the program and no later than July 1st.