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DEPARTMENT OF Biochemistry ~ 2015 Annual Report

Gary Stein, Ph.D., Chair

The Department of Biochemistry is providing transformative advances in biomedical research and education. Faculty and students are collaborating with colleagues throughout the College of Medicine, the University and The University of Vermont Medical Center to conduct leading edge research and educate the next generation of scientists.

In education, Paula Tracy, Ph.D., and Stephen Everse, Ph.D., have been instrumental in developing a team-based, interactive learning curriculum for medical students. Christopher Francklyn, Ph.D., Beth Bouchard, Ph.D., Jay Silveira, Ph.D., Rob Hondal, Ph.D., and Scott Morrical, Ph.D., have aligned the Biochemistry undergraduate and graduate programs with expanding dimensions and perspectives in mechanistic and application-based biochemistry. Janet Stein, Ph.D., and Jane Lian, Ph.D., in collaboration with basic science and clinical colleagues throughout the University, presented a cancer biology course that was attended by undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral and clinical fellows. A Biochemistry Master’s Program has been initiated.

Biochemistry faculty, students and staff are pursuing cutting edge cancer and cardiovascular research. A National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grant was awarded to Dr. Francklyn. Dr. Janet Stein, Brian Sprague, Ph.D. and a colleague in the Department of Pathology, Donald Weaver, M.D., received an NIH grant for collaborative initiatives, as did Kenneth Mann, Ph.D., Kathleen Brummel- Ziedins, Ph.D., Dr. Lian and Gary Stein, Ph.D. An American Cancer Society grant was awarded to fund partnerships of scientists and physician investigators who are initiating collaborative cancer research programs.

Biochemistry investigators are making prominent contributions to the mechanistic understanding and clinical treatment of cancer and cardiovascular disease, providing breakthroughs in genetic and epigenetic parameters of cell cycle and growth control, characterization of stem cells, the biology and pathology of coagulation and thrombosis, cancer metastasis to bone, genomic instability, and metabolic regulation.

The Department of Biochemistry is actively engaged in community education and advocacy for cancer and cardiovascular disease prevention, early detection, treatment and survivorship. Service to the national and international biomedical research communities includes leadership for NIH and disease-based foundation research grant review panels, membership on executive committees for professional organizations, membership on editorial boards for biomedical research journals, and service on scientific advisory boards for cancer centers as well as for the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Biochemistry faculty are science policy advisors for foreign governments, and serve on editorial boards for major biomedical research journals.

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