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
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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