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Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry in the West Virginia University School of Medicine. This is a very exciting time in the Department as we are in the midst of a period of growth. Within the last few years, three new junior faculty members have joined the Department, expanding our expertise in gene expression and protein biochemistry. Our third and most recent addition is Roberta Leonardi with expertise in metabolism from Suzanne Jackowski's laboratory at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Our next challenge is to replace faculty members who have recently retired/relocated. Over the next few years, we plan to expand our expertise for research in metabolism, obesity and disease. Our growth in these areas aligns with strategic initiatives in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Center. Important institutional developments in support of these initiatives include establishment of the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (WVCTSI) and successful competition for an NIH IDeA-CTR award to provide infrastructure for clinical and translation research. Research in obesity and metabolic disease is an area of emphasis for the WVCTSI. Our faculty members also participate in the Obesity, Metabolism and Diabetes program that is part of the Prevention Research Center at WVU. This program seeks to foster collaboration in the study of metabolic diseases across disciplines including the basic and clinical sciences, public health, and community engagement. The Obesity, Metabolism and Diabetes program has organized 2 conferences, the most recent being the Obesity Summit 2014 this past spring. This summit was followed by an RFA from the WVCTSI to fund pilot projects in the area of metabolism. Recent institutional investments also include shared facilities to support metabolic research, at the cellular level (Seahorse extracellular flux analyzer) and with animal studies (Columbus Instruments Comprehensive Lab Animal Monitoring System). Building upon these investments and planned growth in the Department and at the Institution, our goal is the development of a very strong group of laboratories focused upon metabolism and disease.

Seminar Series

Brandon Jones, Graduate Student
Topic: "Genetic Mutations of Collagen Synthesis in Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome"
Date: 05/06/2015
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: 3067
Speaker: Brandon Jones, Graduate Student
Institution: West Virginia University
Hosted By: Department of Biochemistry
Research Opportunities

2014-2015
Graduate Rotation Opportunities