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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 year, three new faculty members have joined the Department. We continue to recruit for a number of new faculty positions and are interested in candidates with expertise in biochemistry and research interests in a number of broad areas including cancer biology, cardiovascular biology and neuroscience. These represent areas of interest of the current faculty in the department and areas of strength in the three major research centers supported by the Health Sciences Center at WVU. Two of our junior faculty members were awarded their first NIH grants within the last six months. The success of our faculty at securing extramural funding and the recruitment of new faculty are re-invigorating the research programs within the Department and have provided new opportunities for post-doctoral and graduate student training.

Seminar Series


Yifan Cheng, Ph.D.
Topic: "Understanding Disease Mechanisms of Human Ciliopathies Through Protein-Protein Interaction Studies"
Date: April 29, 2014
Time: 12:00 Noon
Location: 3067
Speaker: Yifan Cheng, Ph.D.
Website: http://cryoem.ucsf.edu/yifan_cheng/yifan.html
Institution: University of California, San Francisco
Hosted By: Smith

Research Opportunities

2013-2014

Graduate Rotation Opportunities  

  
Achievements

Roberta Leonardi, Ph.D. joined the Biochemistry Faculty as an Assistant Professor
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Yehenew Agazie, DVM, Ph.D. was promoted to Associate Professor of Biochemistry and awarded tenure.
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Max Sokolov. Ph.D. a member of the Departments of Biochemistry and Ophthalmology, and a member of the Center for Neuroscience, was promoted to Associate Professor and awarded tenure.
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Peter Stoilov, Ph.D. joined the WVU School of Medicine faculty as Assistant Professor in Biochemistry.
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David Smith, Ph.D. joined the WVU School of Medicine an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry.
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Callee Walsh successfully defended her dissertation.
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Ali Kohan successfully defended her thesis.
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Hongman Song, a member of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Program, successfully defended her dissertation thesis.
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Brian Zamora completed his doctoral dissertation work in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Program.
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Sanjeev Kumar joined the Frisch lab and finished his Ph.D.
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Maxim Sokolov, Ph.D., was awarded a $1.6 million NIH Grant.
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Elena Pugacheva, Ph.D. was recently awarded an RO1.
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Holly Damron, a graduate student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Training Program, was recently awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association.
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Zachary Hartman was recently awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship from the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program in Breast Cancer.
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Mary Wimmer, Ph.D. was selected as a finalist for the Faculty Merit Foundation’s West Virginia Professor of the Year.
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Bill Wonderlin, Ph.D. was presented with a Distinguished Teaching Award for his efforts in graduate education.
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Knox Van Dyke, Ph.D. was recently recognized in the department for 35 years of service.
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Mike Miller, Ph.D. was recognized recently for 30 years of service.
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Mary Wimmer, Ph.D. was recognized recently for 30 years of service.
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Drew Shiemke, Ph.D. was recognized recently for 20 years of service.
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Carol Sholtis was recently recognized in the department for 20 years of service.
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Mike Gunther, Ph.D. was recently recognized for 10 years service.
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Steve Frisch, Ph.D. was recently recognized for 5 years service.
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